How I Detox From Technology

It’s an everyday choice

A.J. Bryant
4 min readJan 22, 2024
Photo by Mariia Shalabaieva on Unsplash

Most of us spend too much time on devices and social media.

There’s no argument, and the science is clear on two points;

One, allowing boredom into our lives is healthy. Boredom is helpful and necessary for the brain to function optimally.

Two, the smartphone has removed every option for boredom to occur. We never have to be bored. We also don’t have to face uncomfortable situations requiring silence and contemplation with a phone in our hands.

Our smartphones are an unwelcome addiction in our lives.

Think about yourself. You’re standing in the grocery store line, waiting for your kids at pick-up, or sitting at a red-light signal. What do you do? You pick up your phone and text or scroll. We all do it.

But we’re killing creativity and brain matter as we do so. For those, who do so when you’re kids are underfoot, you’re taking away time with them. And for what?

Minimal social media

How many of us genuinely say that social media has added positive benefits to our lives? Beyond seeing photos of family members, and maybe close friends, how else has social media improved your life?



A.J. Bryant

Adopted from Kerala. I write about adoption, my intercultural marriage, contemporary India and more. Prawns are my love language.