As I write this article, I’m simultaneously streaming a DJ set on Mixcloud, reading an article about Trent Reznor, researching its author on Twitter and periodically checking Facebook. My mental landscape is cluttered with platforms and advertising; windows and videos clamor for my attention; and I can’t seem to focus.
Sound familiar? Making the cognitive leap from ingesting information to applying that knowledge requires the discipline to silence the distractions. Yet the distractions keep growing. So it should come as no surprise that many of us need a digital detox. Here are eight signs that you need to unplug, along with recommendations on how to detox.