Are you part of the #Digital StressFree revolution?
Digitalstress.org is a point of reference for those who understand that our relationship with technology is dangerously problematic.
For those suffering from the effects of Digital Stress, including addictions, physical pains, fatigue, social isolation, and more.
For the mothers and fathers worried about how their children use smartphones and computers.
For the entrepreneurs and workers brought to the brinks of nervous breakdowns by messaging, news, updates, and constant availability.
For all the professionals interested in the subject, such as psychologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, coaches, and managers.
For those concerned by the harmful impact tech has on our lives, our effectiveness, our relationships, and our very social fabric.
We believe it is time to unite and spark a revolution to discover a new way of living in this digital world.
That’s why we wrote an eight-point manifesto.
The goal of this project is to awaken people and help them reconnect with themselves, with nature, and with their humanity.
This manifesto is the program we want to use along the way, the core of our thoughts, and the message uniting those who come to the website.
If you agree with at least three points in our manifesto, you’re one of us.
1 – Tech is a good servant, but a bad master.
Just take a look around: hordes of people hypnotized by screens.
Is it up to them to decide to read the latest news, tweets, or Facebook posts? Or is it up to the apps and tech companies?
Bravo, you got it.
Technology has many perks. But it can turn on us and make our lives a hellhole.
Digital StressFree is not about Luddism—we know tech; it’s here to stay.
Yet it’s like a hammer, a car, or an airplane: a tool to be used wisely.
2 – The abuse of tech is disturbing and annoying.
Let’s take one among hundreds of examples: a survey found that more than 60% of British women check their smartphones during sex.
You got that right, sixty percent.
At the dinner table, in the bathroom, at the pub with friends, screens are omnipresent.
They suck our attention. Our energy. Our time. Our life.
If you don’t find that disturbing, this website isn’t for you.
3 – Digital Stress leads to deep mental and physical suffering.
Much more than people think.
At a physical level, ailments like vertigo, headaches, blurred vision, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and so forth are widespread.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Even worse are the psychological effects:
- Internet addiction,
- porn addiction, and
- video game addiction.
And everything that goes with them: panic attacks, social isolation, risk of depression, and sadly much more.
Our modern lifestyle is already hectic and inhumane, the unmindful use of tech is just making it worse.
4 – The social consequences of Digital Stress are potentially catastrophic.
It’s enough to look around and think about it for a sec to see the obvious: if you’re in front of a screen, you’re not in the company of other human beings.
Trivial? Not at all.
It seems instead that scrolling Facebook and clicking on a little blue hand is “connecting us more and more” and “gets us close even if far away.”
Are we kidding?
5 – Technology makes us ineffective.
We’re bombarded with all kinds of stimuli and information.
The phone rings, beeps, and vibrates.
You turn it off and the tablet starts.
You take a peek and you’re screwed…
“Look, so many messages in your inbox; you can’t leave people hanging!”
“Look at this cute kitty; like it.”
“Didn’t you see the news?”
“It’s important, imperative, crucial.“
“You need to do it NOW!”
“Urgent, urgent, urgent.”
Urgency and efficacy don’t go hand in hand.
Many of us spend entire days doing activities that are irrelevant, useless, or even harmful.
Wasted time doesn’t come back.
No one on his deathbed will regret missing a new cute cats video, that funny meme from 9GAG, or the last episode of Game of Thrones.
We’ll regret not having lived fully—allowing the tools that were promising to simplify our lives to enslave us.
6 – By reconnecting with ourselves – with our nature and humanity – we beat Digital Stress.
In order to beat Digital Stress we had to find a new way of living, one that’s more natural and harmonious—free from consumerist excesses, the agonizing desire for instant gratification, and the rampant loss of empathy and humanity.
As Charlie Chaplin clearly stated at the end of The Great Dictator:
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
7 – We fight against the brainwash of the TechVultures.
Technology is very useful, but it’s not necessary for our survival, happiness, and health. Some companies want us to believe the opposite.
With persuasive stone-cold marketing, they push us towards a binge consumption of useless information, apps, software, games, and whatnot.
They sell us that this abuse is okay and appropriate.
These are the TechVultures.
Real bastards, that don’t care about the consequences of tech abuse, as long as they profit from it.
We resist their brainwashing, and we help others to break free.
8 – We help others with our example.
Changing ourselves is just the beginning.
When you become aware of the harm of Digital Stress, you realize that you have a responsibility to help others get rid of this horrible yoke.
As complex as our issues today may be, they’re nothing compared to what future generations will face.
We need to start leading by example.
To be the change we want to see in the world.
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