Daily Digital Detox

  • Indian Village Disconnects With ‘Daily Digital Detox’ Initiative

    An idea whose time has long since come:

    In a remote village in India, a siren can be heard from the local temple every night at 7 p.m. — signaling the commencement of a daily “digital detox.” For the next 90 minutes, the population of 3,000 in Sangli district’s Mohityanche Vadgaon lays aside all the electronic gadgets in the vicinity, including mobile phones and television sets.
    Proponents of the initiative carried out at a village in the Maharashtra state of India say it is the solution to the “screen addiction” afflicting residents in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and brings back the value of human connection.
    Dr. J.R. Ram, a clinical psychiatrist in Kolkata, said, “extended screen time can result in several adverse effects, but during the pandemic, the forced incarceration of young people at home has amplified its impact.”

    He said that it becomes an obstacle for students’ progress in learning.

    “Surfing on the internet—that is, multi-tasking deprives students of their ability to concentrate for longer periods when they need to study,” Ram said. “They get used to scrolling on social media, watching videos and exchanging text messages during classes. Such a situation can have negative consequences on one’s cognition or thinking ability.”
    The women in the village played a crucial role in the digital detox initiative.

    “We gathered the village women, including the mothers of the students, and explained to them how the misuse of mobiles was destroying the future of the children,” Sarpanch Mohite told VOA. “When we proposed the idea of a digital detox, they all agreed with our concerns about the children and supported our idea, too.”
    Word on the initiative at Mohityanche Vadgaon has traveled fast that five other villages in Sangli district have emulated Mohite’s concept and implemented similar steps.

    Rajubhai Mujawar, a resident of a nearby Nerli village, said that a daily ban on mobile and TV for 90 minutes will be introduced where he lives soon.

    “The children have become mobile addicts. We have decided to introduce the rule of ‘No mobile, No TV’ for 1.5 hours daily in our village soon, following what Mohityanche Vadgaon village has done,” he said.

    Hell, yeah, ya' think? I have to guard against this myself as an adult and take Digital Sabbaths from time to time. Few others, especially teens, possess the requisite discipline because, alas, it is already too late for their brain chemistry to "survive" such without some type of assistance and/or medication.

    I am not anti capitalism but, ho man, they sure have corrupted the "Great Promise" of the Internet from its initial intentions from way back in the day. Indeed, I wonder if the academics who invented this stuff where omnivoyant if they would have still created this monster?

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