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How to Survive a Digital Fast

Watch more How to Use Internet Search & Web Browsers videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to last without technology with tips to survive a digital fast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Set parameters Set goals and parameters for your digital fast, like the specific gadgets you want to give up and for how long. Expect withdrawal symptoms -- multitasking with several gadgets can have addictive effects. Tip To feel less anxious, tell friends and family how to reach you in an emergency. Step 2: Entertain yourself Stimulate your brain in other ways. Read a book or play puzzle games to keep your mind active and distract yourself from your addiction. Step 3: Connect with someone Have a face-to-face conversation with someone to replace the rush you get from digital communication. Find people with whom you can express yourself as you would online. Tip Consider hanging out with people who are also trying to survive a digital fast. Step 4: Be in the moment Be more present and observant in moments when you'd normally be distracted. Scientists believe a few moments of quiet downtime spread throughout the day can help you learn better and retain more information. Step 5: Identify technology's importance Toward the end of your fast, make a list of moments when technology would have been useful and when you were happy without it. Then, use the list once your fast is over to strike a new balance in your life. Step 6: Return to technology Break your digital fast by slowly reintroducing technology, remembering to control the role it plays in your life. Did You Know? A 2010 study found that 82 percent of U.S. business executives use a smartphone.
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