Digital Detox

Digital Detox, Low Digital or media fasting - there are numerous terms and reasons for pressing the "off" button or pulling the plug more often. Simply put your devices and accounts aside for a while and put your own media consumption to the test.

Digital Detox means "digital detox" or "digital fasting". It is about the time that a person consciouslyrenounces the use of electronic connection devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers partially or completely .

In an age of constant accessibility and extensive use of digital media, "offline time" is repeatedly recommended to reduce "digital stress" in everyday life. Digital Detox can be a good start to reflect on your own media consumption and change it in a meaningful way. Try it out and find your balance between online and offline!

Just press the pause button

Do you ever wonder what you could be doing instead when you're not checking your newsfeed on social media or your email? Why not give it a try. Put in a little downtime that might even become a new digital habit!

These four tips will help you do just that:

Create a list of your connected devices (phone, tablet, computer, smartwatch, etc.) and all the online services (apps) they use on each device.

How much time do you realistically want to spend on each device? This will help you manage your time better and leave you more time for personal contact without distractions from social networks or the like.

Change your habits gradually! It's best to reduce the duration or frequency of media use and set fixed online and offline times (e.g., when you check your mail). When you reach your intermediate goals, you can define further goals and implement them. This step-by-step method will help you achieve lasting change.

Inform those around you about your change in media use. They will be there to remind you if you get a little too seduced! Or start the "digital detox" together with someone. Team dynamics can sometimes be more enticing and effective in keeping your goals.

ReSeT - the test for self-determined smartphone use

Together with Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand and his team from the Department of General Psychology: Cognition at the University of Duisburg-Essen , the Media Authority NRW has developed a self-test with 12 everyday situations , which can support the assessment of one's own smartphone use .