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Digital Detox
Digital Detox

Learn English meaning of 'Digital Detox'

Date: Feb 01 2021

Themes: Health, Hobbies, Tech

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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Life is so busy that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We have work overload, stress overload, and information overload. Teachers and bosses want us to be productive all the time. We’re all trying to accomplish a million things in one day. Sometimes, we need to take a step back from our busy lives and find new ways to relax. Let’s brainstorm some ideas together.

If you have money and time, take a vacation. If you have only money, hire someone to clean your home or teach you something new. If you have only time, go for a long walk or read a good book. If you have no money and no time, put down your phone or even switch it off completely. Then, take a long nap! Can you think of some other ideas?

Dominique is feeling overwhelmed. Gary thinks a digital detox is a good idea. Listen to today’s English lesson to find out if Dominique can stop spending so much time online.


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Dominique:  I spend so much time online. I think I need to just take a break, but I don’t know how to do it. What should I do?

Gary:  You’re talking about a digital detox, yeah?

Dominique:   I’m sharing too much of myself with the world…

Gary:  Yeah.

Dominique:  ... and I need to take a step back.

Gary:  And I bet you’re overwhelmed by all the sharing that everyone else is doing.

Dominique:  I am. I feel like every time Susan posts something, I need to post something too.

Gary:  Right. Yeah, it’s this back and forth. You’ve got an information overload happening.

Dominique:  I know, I need to relax. I just don’t know how to put down my phone.

Gary:  Can you switch it off when you get home from work?

Dominique:  Off? What’s that?

Gary:  Maybe, one hour before you go to bed so you can feel productive before you go to bed and accomplish some things in your space.

Dominique:  I can try that.

Gary:  OK. Do you know anyone else who can offer some cool ideas, or are your friends all good with, just, super digital…

Dominique:  My friends are all online.

Gary:  Oh, it’s probably not the best thing to ask then.

Dominique:  No.

Gary:  Let’s brainstorm.

Dominique:  OK.


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Dominique thinks it’s time for a digital detox, a break from using the internet. She tells Gary that she wants to take a step back from all the posting and social media sharing that everyone else is doing. Every time one of her friends posts something, Dominique feels like she should also post something. It’s a back and forth that never stops. All this posting and sharing makes Dominique overwhelmed.

Gary calls this an information overload. He tells Dominique to put down her phone, or even better, switch it off. Dominique laughs at this. She uses her phone so much, she doesn’t know how to put it down! She agrees to try switching it off an hour before bed. Then, she can use that time to be productive and accomplish some things at home. Gary and Dominique agree to brainstorm some other ways for her to relax more often.

How much time do you spend online in a day? Do you think you need to try a digital detox?



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03:35 AM Jan 30 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie


Before I get to work I used to spend not less than 4 hours online a day, but now that I’m interning and working at the same time it’s hard to make some little time to check your websites and the social media and even the messages on your phone. I hope I’ll be able to squeeze in a few minutes a day to go online.

08:45 PM Aug 10 2016 |

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So long time I spend online in a day that I feel I have a little addiction. Yes , addiction! Sometime I would thought that how I lived if there were no network and phone.
I could have a look the phone online at any leisure time no matter the time how short, such as when cooking, when having dinner, when reading book, and so on…
I ever thought why did I so? Why? Was it necessary for me to do that? In fact, I am a common person. There was no important thing for me to not leaving the line and the phone. But because of that , there is little time to leave to my husband and my children and my friends. It is so unfair. How the loss outweighs the gain.
In fact I pay close attention to the person who I am not familiar on the net. It is so strange that I ignore the people who I love and love me only because of the stranger even illusory on the line .
Fortunately, I have realized this. Now I begin to read the books with my heart, gradually reducing unnecessary network time instead of working and studying.

02:48 AM Aug 08 2016 |

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