If you have been on the self help or personality development side of YouTube, there are chances that you have heard about digital minimalism.
To start with, Digital Minimalism is a book by Cal Newport that focuses on cutting down your digital and social media footprint.
This can be achieved in various ways. You can uninstall apps, take a break from scrolling or set timers for the time you spend binge watching your favourite shows on Netflix.
We at Kasa Kai Mumbai have realized that many aspects of digital minimalism can be achieved by indulging in various activities happening around the city.
How did this start?
This realization came to us when we started our weekly footy meets on Saturdays.
Time that could be spent by being a couch potato going through your ex's profile is better
utilized playing your heart out − 60 to 90 minutes of no phones.
Why the need
Social media can send you through a variety of moods within seconds. At one time you are laughing looking at a meme, while the very next you are fuming because of a news headline.
This isn't healthy in the long run. It is very important to cut yourself from this cycle of emotional stress.
Maybe as a teenager or a growing adult you might not see the harm, but as time goes by, you realize that you end up desensitizing to a lot of important topics.
How the city plays an important role
If you search for the best spots to hang out in Mumbai, chances are you have already been to most of them.
But no, there are always more places to be explored within your city.
You will be surprised to see what it can provide for you.
A walk in the park, a painting workshop, an art exhibition, etc. There's always something worth your attention.
We host events and as we do, we realize how engrossed we get in it, barely checking
our phones, interacting with people and soaking in the atmosphere as well as the positivity
around the place.
There are times when we open our phones to take a few photos but we guess it is fair to
assume that it's justified.
What do I achieve
Firstly, a break from a cycle that you have become accustomed to. As you have read, it isn't all to healthy.
Secondly, you start to value real life interactions, opinions and personalities − we all know how good people have become when it comes to faking their personality online.
And to conclude, you are finding self development outside of your 6.5 inch screen. Yes, the world's info is at your hand, but a little too much isn't in the best of your interests.
To conclude. . .
Go out a little. Spend some time with genuine conversations with people who do not care about their online personas. Keep your phone aside for a while and learn how refreshing it can be to throw out old habits.