Editor Brooke Delfino shows your how to ‘Marie Kondo’ your digital life.
Have your heard of Marie Kondo? If not, I’ll fill you in. She’s a tidying queen and professional organiser from Japan, and her clean-house hacks have taken the world by storm.
Admittedly, I’m already a clean freak, but I recently read a great article asking whether we need to ‘Marie Kondo our digital lives’. Does the time you spend on your phone spark joy? Does scrolling through Facebook or mindlessly surfing the web energise you? Let’s be honest — probably not.
It’s hard to believe the iPhone was release just 11 years ago. Over the past decade we’ve come to rely on these screens, with 35 per cent of us admitting to checking our phones within five minutes of waking (guilty!) and a whopping 70 per cent of us using phones during mealtimes with family and friends (also, guilty).
It’s no surprise we’re starting to see research into how technology is affecting our health and our lives. Ever heard of mobile phone syndrome? Essentially, the overuse of digital devices has some pretty scary side effects on our physical health. From neck and upper-back problems (‘text neck’), and hand, wrist and thumb issues, to eye strain – even school-aged children are experiencing symptoms of too much tech time. And don’t get me started on the consequences to our sleep and mental wellbeing.
So, what can we do? How can we disconnect, and ultimately reconnect to ourselves and our loved ones? Well, we have some answers that can help. Pick up the June issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now – to learn more, plus five tips to start (and stick to) a much-needed digital detox.