Overcoming Phone Addiction: Here Are 4 Things You Need To Know About Digital Detox

By Cassandra Jaramillo
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Texas Christian University assistant professor Ashley English challenges herself to do a yearly cleanse from social media. First, she lets everyone know to not expect her to answer social media messages or comments. Then she deletes social media apps from her phone and mutes messaging apps. After the cleanse, her mantra is that 5 to 8 p.m. is “no phones” time. It’s all about family and kids.

The Dallas Morning News

There’s a bit of self-loathing that comes after you waste more than an hour scrolling through social feeds and comparing your life to the people online.

It’s painful, and it’s time that you’ll never get back. While social media and our connectedness to family and friends have positive attributes, many things about social media can be negative.

That’s exactly why Texas Christian University assistant professor Ashley English challenges herself to do a yearly cleanse from social media around the holidays until after New Year’s.

English is a busy working woman and mother of three. At 33, she finds a way to balance it all. Taking time away from her phone helped the most.

Indeed, I have been feeling that I needed more boundaries between my online life and real-in-the-moment life. I’ve been active on social media since I was a teenager on MySpace. More recently, I was active on multiple platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, occasionally Pinterest. Half of my life is documented on social networks.

When I think about babies today, I wonder if their parents even have baby photo books or if social media is the new baby book. The digital age has changed us. Now, how do we make ourselves change our bad, habit-forming behaviors online?

Despite being overly dependent on my phone as a reporter, I wanted to try to remove myself from social networks.

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