How Do We Get Rid of Digital Addiction?

How do we get rid of digital addiction?
How do we get rid of digital addiction?

If you cannot prevent yourself from using digital devices that make our daily life easier and happy, you may be digital addicted if you experience tension and nervousness when you stay away. The formula to get rid of being addicted: Digital detox…

Our relationship with technology is increasing day by day due to our age. We can talk on the phone for minutes, find an address we have never visited with the program on the phone, get information about our friends in school years on social media, and even learn a foreign language with an application without the need for a teacher. The digital world makes everyday life easier and people happy, but digital addiction can also lead to stress and depression.

Maltepe University Hospital Department of Psychiatry and AMATEM Unit Dr. Hidayet Ece Çelik, a faculty member, says that while the time people spend on digital devices increases, they unwittingly spend less time on their work, friends and families. Stating that even if these digital devices are removed for a short time after a while, many psychological and physical symptoms such as distress, tension and nervousness can be experienced and draws attention to digital addiction, Çelik continues as follows:

“The inability of the person to prevent himself from using the internet or digital devices, losing control of this, therefore disrupting his responsibilities in various areas such as work, school, home, this situation causes social or interpersonal problems, feeling of distress, tension, nervousness when he is away from technological devices. It is digital addiction, such as experiencing various withdrawal symptoms such as, an intense desire to use these devices, spending much longer time in front of the device or on the internet, and making a lot of effort to stay away. "


Stating that a person with a technology addiction can move away from reality with his virtual identity on social media, Çelik said that some people who tend to spend most of the day on the internet or with digital devices may experience various psychological and physical symptoms such as sleep disorder, body aches, anxiety, depressive symptoms. emphasizes. Stating that problems or job losses can be seen in interpersonal relations as he cannot devote enough time to his social environment or work, Çelik says that besides the benefits of technological devices, they also cause physical and mental negativity in the person. Dr. Çelik describes the process that leads people to digital addiction as follows:

“The increase in cortisol, which is the stress hormone in our body, may trigger many diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. The release of our hormones can be disrupted due to blue light. This causes symptoms such as sleep disturbance, weakness, fatigue, distraction. Fake identities created on social media can cause various psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depressive symptoms after a while. Especially in children and adolescents, negative identity development can cause symptoms such as loneliness, alienation, behavioral problems and desensitization to various social events. "


Stating that it is not possible to completely get away from technological devices and not to use them, Çelik stated that digital detox means that we recognize the relationship established with technology and actively redefine our role in this relationship, and points out that digital detox is aimed at minimizing the effects on life without completely cutting the connection with technological devices. Çelik emphasizes that this way, the time people spend on themselves and those around them increases, they concentrate their attention better, their sleep is more regular, and their self-esteem increases.


Dr. Çelik makes the following recommendations on how to do digital detox, which can vary according to the needs and desires of the person:

- It can be in the form of leaving a single social media platform or allocating a certain period of time to this area, as well as moving away from all technological devices.

- Notifications of social media applications can be turned off, and the time spent on these platforms can be controlled by various applications.

- By observing more when the person uses technological devices, devices can be turned off or removed when they think unnecessary.

- The leisure time resulting from these practices can be filled with various activities.

- The processes underlying technology addiction may also be processes that require pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy. Therefore, it is often necessary to get support from a mental health professional.

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