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Digital Minimalism: How to simplify your lifestyle

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Minimalism is the art of being aware as to how much is adequate. Digital Minimalism is a version of Minimalism that is becoming eminent as our lives are becoming increasingly tech-centric. It means cleaning up your digital life and to use just what you need in the most efficient way possible.

This article will tell you about Digital minimalism and reasons why one should practice it in day to day life.
The article provides:
⦁ A Brief Introduction
⦁ Principles
⦁ Steps
⦁ What makes it tough
⦁ Digital Detox VS Digital Minimalism
⦁ Research
⦁ What to do instead
⦁ Digital Minimalists
⦁ Wrap up

INTRODUCTION

1.Our lives have become tech-centric as it

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has started to “own” us. It’s time to seek ways to redesign our relationship with technology through Digital Minimalism. Jam-packed schedules with emails, meetings, and the constant magnetism towards social media, keep us from looking into something useful and meaningful.

The invention of personal technology- smartphones and tablets, is making us spend more and more time online. We’re starting to feel a little unsettled by how much time we spend staring at screens.

In response to this vague sense of tech dis-ease, a lot of us need to look for a solution to it. You make space in your room for things you love and let go of the things that distract you from them. Minimalism similarly means to eliminate or de-clutter to add value.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Digital Minimalism is a specific application of the general idea of minimalism in the field of technology. It aims at paving a path for an apt and healthy relationship with technology. Digital Minimalism embraces philosophy to be intentional with the use of technology.

The larger a part technology has acquired in our lives, the more potential it has gathered to distract us from what is important. It’s easier to scroll through social media than to meet someone or read a good book, but not necessarily better.

PRINCIPLES

⦁ To start with baby steps, the straight-forward way to limit the use of technology is to calculate it.
⦁ Each use of any device should be planned and intended to be able to value the important things in life.
⦁ Stop feeling better while swiping up random Instagram feed as technology provides short-term emotional relief.
⦁ Technology does not connect people, personal interaction does. Thus, put people before technology.
⦁ Become a gatekeeper of your digital life by acting like a person and not like a product.

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STEPS INVOLVED

2. Intended use Computer

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⦁ Intentional use of phone
⦁ Comprehensive software, apps, and programs
⦁ Regular installation of latest updates
⦁ Dejunk devices from unwanted files, bookmarks, music, etc.
⦁ Get organized and label your files succinctly
⦁ Dump unwanted notifications

⦁ Have an end time
⦁ Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters, emails, channels, etc.
⦁ Get Up and Go Talk
⦁ Blacklist unnecessary websites, contacts, etc.
⦁ Go technology-free once every weekend
⦁ Clean up social media accounts

A clean device is as satisfying as a clean room or a clean kitchen
⦁ Find out things you care about. Emphasize on experimentation.
⦁ Start with offline periods and gradually increasing from hours to weeks to months and finally disconnection
⦁ Setup adblocker

DIGITAL DETOX VS DIGITAL MINIMALISM

Digital DetoxDigital Minimalism
Means to stop for a brief period and then resume activitiesencourages us to take a long, hard, honest look at our relationship with technology

WHAT MAKES IT TOUGH

3.Hackneyed use of technology

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⦁ lone ride, with a social burden twist
⦁ the initial discomfort of disconnection
⦁ evaluating one’s values is not fun for all as it can’t be seen clearly as compared to digital life
⦁ flexibility to shift interest to find peace and comfort
⦁ hesitant to give it a chance
⦁ has become more of an addiction than a habit

4.RESEARCH

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⦁ Total digital media usage has hiked is up to 40% since 2013
⦁ Smartphone usage has doubled in the last 3 years
⦁ 1 of every 2 minutes spent online is on “leisure activities”, such as social media, video viewing, entertainment/music, and games
⦁ 1 of every 5 minutes spent online is on social media
⦁ The average person spends almost 3 hours per day on the phone
⦁ 63 percent of respondents said they have tried to limit their smartphone usage, but only around half succeeded in cutting back
⦁ The average person touches their phone 2,617 times per day
It’s time to put an end to the belief that technology can bring you relief and happiness. Life happens when you look up and around you, not screens.

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD

5.Meditate Walk

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⦁ Walk
⦁ Meet old friends, family, relatives in person
⦁ Explore new restaurant, café, or other social places in your city
⦁ Read a good book
⦁ Enjoy your hobbies
⦁ Learn a new Skill maybe an instrument or a new language
⦁ Clean your room house or surrounding
⦁ Go through old albums
⦁ Take rest
⦁ Practice spirituality
⦁ Exercise
DIGITAL MINIMALISTS
Digital minimalists are the ones holding conversations without glancing at their phones in between thus they are calm and peaceful. They enjoy quality time reading a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without any urge to connect with social media.

They stay informed about the recent news but don’t feel overwhelmed by it by reading newspapers and not involving technology to do so. They don’t experience FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) because they have already cracked the way to find happiness in solitude. They know how and where to find a reliable and constant source of happiness and a feeling of comfort.

WRAP UP

Let me end by stating as clearly as I can that Digital Minimalism isn’t a rejection of technology and all of its amazing benefits and advantages; it’s about being intentional with our use of technology so that it helps us rather than hinders us from living the kind of life that we aspire to.


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