It all started when Reilly realized that he couldn’t be disconnected for a single minute from the internet. He started to do the math and noticed that he was sending over 1500 emails a month. That he made more than 250 tweets per month. And that he was talking on the phone for over 900 minutes. It was then that he made the decision to implement a digital content regime.
Jake Reilly also brought up the concept of “digital obesity”. He even created a formula to digitally “weigh himself” and check if there was any excess. It was a point system that counted the quantity of devices owned and the number of daily Internet connections, the number of messages sent, etc. At the end of the day, if the points exceeded a certain percentage, we were talking about e-obesity.
Without reaching these extremes, everyone has an internal thermometer that indicates possible excesses. Some of the measures are the stress, the anxiety of being logged into 20 different windows at all times, looking for “something to see” when there is nothing. After carrying out a digital content diet, one can reach certain conclusions similar to those found by Jake Reilly and many others. Here they are :
The stress level drops with the digital content regime
We don’t realize the strain that we can end up feeling while browsing the networks. This is because the brain is in the highest alert position. He is constantly waiting for “something to happen”. For example, we are looking for a new communication or any new one.
When we follow a digital content diet for at least 30 days, the level of brain revolution decreases. At the beginning there is a great tension, similar to that produced by abstinence from a drug. Then, little by little, we feel more tranquility and we reach inner peace.
Not so much going on as it seems
On the networks, we have the feeling that thousands of things are happening all the time in the world. We end up thinking that if we are disconnected for a while, we are going to miss out on something important and that this will put us on the fringes of social dynamics.
By making a digital content regime, we prove that to be false. Most of the content that circulates on networks and on the Internet is really unimportant. In other words, you only need to log in once a day at most to be on top of the important things of the day.
We don’t have as many friends as we think and networks cause addiction
Friends and followers on the internet are in most cases an illusion. Just because they like our posts doesn’t mean they are really our friends. However, by being immersed in the networks, we have the feeling that this is the case, that our friends are the ones who appear in the list of followers.
By making a digital content regime, we realize that this is not the case. If we disappear from social networks, we disappear from their lives. They get other virtual friends. Conversely, speaking again with people with whom we have an important connection is a great gift.
Social networks imperceptibly generate addiction. When you connect, your brain generates small amounts of dopamine. This is where the deception comes from. This is where the addiction begins. Then you come back and forth trying to experience the same feeling.
You have to look for moments to do nothing
Another characteristic associated with connecting to the internet is that, without realizing it, we enter a dynamic in which “something must always be happening”. Quietude is never there. The absence of stimuli is never there.
It robs us of the wonderful pleasure of having time to do nothing. In fact, without realizing it, we start to fear inactivity. It is something serious because it is in these moments of “nothing” that we generate our best ideas and that we deepen those which are already existing. The great conquests of thought often took place during moments of relaxation.
It’s good to log out whenever we can. We must not let the internet take the place of life. Of course, the web brings us enormous possibilities but we must not leave aside real life, the one that is experienced with the senses, the one that ultimately has more importance and value than everything else.