Talk on ‘Digital Minimalism’—A Need of the Hour

Mobile phones have become an integral part of modern life. Not only do they serve to communicate, but they also act as a social networking tool, personal organiser, online shopping tool, calendar, alarm clock, and mobile bank. While they are undoubtedly beneficial devices, some suggest that over-reliance on digital devices may be a form of behavioural addiction.

In fact, the term ‘nomophobia’ was coined recently to describe the fear of being without your phone. This includes not just losing, forgetting, or breaking your phone but also being outside of mobile phone contact. It is a growing concern in a world where always being connected seems more important than ever before. When people lose their phone, when their mobile runs out of battery, or when they are in an area with no cellular coverage, it can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety, or even fear or panic.

To address this issue, a session on ‘Digital Minimalism’ was conducted at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, on 13th March 2024 at its Warriam Road facility. The session was led by Prof. Sunitha Grandhee, Dean of Life-Long Learning and Wellness. Practical strategies were discussed to reduce phone dependency and regain control over digital life. Short-term tips such as setting specific times to check your phone, establishing phone-free zones during meals or family time, and mindfulness exercises to reduce screen time were shared. Long-term habits such as identifying digital priorities and eliminating unnecessary apps or notifications, cultivating hobbies and activities that don’t involve screens, and scheduling regular digital detoxes to reset the mind and body were also discussed.

The session was insightful and emphasized the importance of reducing digital clutter to lead to greater focus, productivity, and well-being. The participants were urged to take the first step towards a more mindful relationship with technology so we can break free from nomophobia and embrace a life of digital balance and well-being.