Do you ever feel like you can’t live without your smartphone? If you do, some companies have started services to take over your digital life so that you can take a break from the magnetic forces of your online world. It’s referred to as digital detox.
One British company called alldayPA offers the “digital detox.” For a fee, alldayPA will essentially act as a remote administrative assistant by:
- Answering your phone calls
- Directing important calls to other relevant staff members
- Compiling non-urgent messages in one report to be given to you on your return to work
The point of this service is to help make you less busy and less attached to your smartphone.
Services like digital detox tend to stir up anew the debate about addiction to the internet and technology. The study of internet/technology addiction is a recent practice, and experts aren’t in agreement on what exactly counts as “addiction.”
On one side of the debate, some studies have reported people experience withdrawal when they don’t get to use technology and social media. These withdrawal symptoms vary from anxiety and stress to feelings of fear and insecurity. Some speculate that users develop a “tolerance” for tech. Users check smart phones getting a “quick hit,” as would an addict.
Some Psychologists Wary to Declare Digital Detox for Tech Addiction
On the other side of the debate, some psychologists say that tech addiction is a serious, medical condition that is potentially life threatening. It takes some level of imagination to dream up how using your smartphone excessively could actually kill you.
Proponents of this viewpoint say it’s inappropriate to conflate internet/technology abuse to something as serious as heroin addiction or alcoholism. Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D. wrote for Psychology Today about alleged social media addiction saying, “Just because something is new and having a profound impact on how people behave doesn’t by definition mean that it is bad or harmful.”
Abusive Personalities can get Addiction Treatment
One thing that many psychologists agree on, however, is that technology is one more thing that a person can abuse. Technology, unlike heroin or alcohol, doesn’t hook you. You hook yourself to it. If you have underlying addictive tendencies, you may be at risk to abuse technology.
The important question you should be asking yourself if you abuse technology is: do I have an addictive personality? If the answer is yes, you may need to seek professional help. Therapy and addiction counseling can be helpful. But if you’re experiencing more serious substance abuse issues, the best treatment is medical detox and rehab.
Serenity House Detox offers the services you need to learn how to overcome your substance abuse. Give us a call today at 866-294-5306 to learn how personalized addiction treatment can change your life.