Life beyond the internet
In today’s digital age, striking a balance between our online and offline lives has become increasingly vital. With everything happening online, it’s easy to become consumed by it and overlook our real-world experiences. Learning to manage the time we spend online or use digital media is also critical for our mental well-being. Evana Manadhar of ApEx talked to three people to find out what strategies they use to ensure the internet doesn’t take over their lives.
Prasansa Tuladhar, arts student
I have established firm boundaries. Though I use the internet for work and studies, my hobbies are entirely offline. I also spend time with my family during which I don’t use my phone. I prioritize value-driven digital media consumption, evaluating content’s alignment with my goals to make my online time meaningful. I also use screen time management tools and take breaks to reduce digital fatigue. I practice mindful content curation by ensuring my online feeds are informative and diverse. I regularly reflect on my digital habits, adjusting as needed to maintain a healthy balance. This holistic approach helps me navigate the digital world with purpose, enhancing my overall well-being and relationships.
Arnav Tuladhar, business student
Balancing my online and offline life as a bachelor’s student can be challenging, but it’s essential for maintaining your sanity. I believe setting boundaries is essential. I allocate specific time slots for online activities, ensuring that they don’t encroach upon my academic commitments or personal life. Physical activities also play a crucial role. Regular exercise and outdoor pursuits help me disconnect from the digital world. I also make a conscious effort not to look at screens before bedtime. I read a book or listen to some music. I value face-to-face interactions. Maintaining real-world connections is vital for my emotional well-being. I make an effort to schedule coffee dates with friends, engage in group activities, and participate in campus events to foster meaningful relationships beyond the digital realm.
Rojan Ghimire, Marketing Head at BG Group of Companies
I find that my life is intricately intertwined with technology and online platforms. While this connectivity brings numerous advantages, it often challenges my ability to strike a harmonious balance between my online and offline worlds. By defining specific times for cell phone usage, I can actively participate in offline activities and resist the constant urge to check notifications. Periodic digital detoxes also prove highly beneficial. These breaks from social media and digital platforms provide a chance to recharge and focus on my personal interests and simply be present in the moment without the pressure to document and share it online. I find it’s essential to limit my screen time, with most smartphones offering tools for monitoring and regulating daily gadget usage. By enforcing screen time restrictions, I can significantly reduce mindless scrolling. Being fully present during family time or activities is paramount for me. I put my phone aside and resist the temptation to check social media or messages, ensuring higher-quality offline experiences.
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