The Cons of Digital Detox
Yesterday, I listed a few of the positives from my experience with Digital Detox Lite as a lifestyle. You can find the post here.
Today, I’m going to list a few of the negatives, keeping in mind that a downside is merely a point-of-view. If a reader decides to adopt this lifestyle, I want to make sure I provide a realistic take on all angles.
The Downside of Digital Detox Lite
- My blog statistics have dropped. I only respond to comments twice a day now, rather than as they happen. In any social media platform, responding to comments as they happen encourages conversation and drives traffic. But, as much as I enjoy talking with you people, I simply could not maintain my former pace and keep my sanity, not to mention my marriage, intact. Similarly, my time to visits blogs is radically compressed. I no longer have time to hit everyone in a session. Because bloggers often have a ‘you scratch my back’ philosophy, many of those people no longer visit my blog. So, if you’re still here, thank you.
- My blog subscriptions have gone up. Yes. You read that right. At a greater clip than before I started this little experiment. While I’m really glad, I can’t always get to new subscribers these days, and I stress out about it sometimes. I’m giving priority to people who interact with me, because I am interested in meaningful connections. But, I still have guilt.
- I miss important things. Like, I read the newspaper once a week, so I have virtually no idea what’s happening in the world. I try to respond to emails within 24 hours, but I don’t always make that deadline. I’ve formed online relationships with a number of people on Google+, and some of those connections are slipping away. I have two parties to attend this week, and I guarantee you I won’t have a clue what most people are talking about, in any conversation, period. In short, I feel like I am getting even weirder. And, I’m already pretty weird.
Still, I’ll take these consequences over a life that’s tethered to a device. My mind is clearer. I’m more creative. I hug my husband more. I have a greater connection with people, both when I see them face-to-face and when interacting online.
My communities may shrink. People may forget about me. I may become the Weirdest Person Ever.
But, I’ll enjoy every bit of it. When we set a thing aflame, the treasured pieces will remain.