I Tried a One Week Youtube Detox; Here’s What Happened

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Marlon M., Staff Writer

For many of us, we are slaves to our devices, zombies with our phones, completely detached from the outside world. Despite this, we feel like we are up to date, we are relevant, we are connected, but in reality, we aren’t. This revelation is nothing new; people knew about it for decades. But it is when I truly realized it that I knew something had to change.

You see, my dad is quite strict about how much time we spend in front of the screen. He bought us blue light filtering glasses, set tight curfews, and even bought a device behavior analyzer that shuts off the internet at his will. But me, being the screen-chained zombie that many of us are now, I disobeyed him. I do not commend this behavior, and I have realized that what I did was wrong, so I decided to change.

The first action that I took was to identify the sites that I spent the most time on. For me, it was Youtube. For others, it may be Twitter, Instagram, Crunchyroll, or a myriad of other things.

The next step I took is finding an alternative to using my computer. I chose a few. The first was reading. Reading can often be as exhilarating as watching a movie or a video, but there are many added benefits to reading over the other options. Some benefits include reducing eye strain,  forcing your brain to focus, and improving your vocabulary, just to name a few. Another one was going outside to play, to exercise, or to walk, as these are all more beneficial than staring at a computer screen. 

The third and most obvious step is to start. However, considering that you have made it this far, this is probably the easiest part. The hardest part is step 4, following through. For this, you need self-discipline, but because of the previous steps, this shouldn’t be as big of an issue. 

So back to my experience, the weeks were mostly uneventful, but I noticed that my screen time dropped drastically, and my overall mood improved. Because of this, I even decided to extend it to 2 weeks. At week 3, I failed, but it was definitely an extremely beneficial experience for me, and I hope to try it again soon.