Let's face it, we're all addicted to technology.
We rely on our smartphones to keep us connected to the world and our laptops to get work done. But what happens when we want to take a break from the constant stream of information? When we want to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the physical one?
It's not as easy as it sounds. But it is possible. If you're looking to cut down on your dependence on big tech, here are five steps you can take:
Get Rid of Social Media Apps on Your Phone
This is a tough one, but it's worth it.
Social media apps are designed to be addictive, pulling us back in for just one more scroll through our feeds.
By deleting them from your phone, you'll be less tempted to mindlessly check Twitter or Instagram when you're bored.
And if you really need a social media fix, you can always log onto your computer.
Use a Desktop Computer Instead of a Laptop
Laptops are portable, so they're easy to take with you wherever you go. But that also means they're easy to access when you should be doing something else (like sleeping).
If you opt for a desktop computer instead, you'll be less likely to mindlessly browse the internet when you should be working or relaxing.
Set Time Limits for Yourself
If you find it hard to stay away from technology, set time limits for yourself and stick to them.
Whether it's an hour a day or two hours a week, limiting your screen time will help you focus on other things. And if you use an app like Offtime or Freedom, you can even block specific websites and apps so you won't be tempted to use them.
Give Yourself Some 'Tech-Free' Time Each Day
Set aside some time each day when you won't use any technology at all. This can be difficult at first, but it gets easier with practice. And once you get used to it, you'll start to enjoy the potential benefits: improved sleep, more productive work hours, and increased face-to-face interactions, to name a few.
Find Activities that Don't Involve Technology
This one may seem obvious, but it's worth mentioning: there are still plenty of things you can do without technology!
Read a book, go for a walk, play a board game—the possibilities are endless. And who knows? You might find that life without screens isn't so bad after all.
In today's world, it's hard to imagine life without big technology—but it is possible! If you're looking to wean yourself off of big tech, try these five steps and see if they make a difference.
To help you wean yourself of big tech, check out our recommendations for the best 'dumb phones' to wean yourself off social media while still having the convenience of a cell phone.