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Year ender 2023: Exploring the movement to unplug and reconnect in 2023

As the year 2023 comes to a close, a notable trend has emerged in the realm of relationships—the movement to unplug and reconnect in the midst of a digital detox where individuals and couples were seen prioritising quality time by stepping away from screens yet still managing to foster deeper connections and rekindle intimacy. From mindful communication to embracing analog activities, the digital detox movement reflects a collective desire to balance technology use with genuine, face-to-face interactions but in the quest for more meaningful relationships, 2023 signifies a deliberate shift towards mindfulness, presence and the rediscovery of authentic connections amid a tech-savvy world.

Year ender 2023 on relationships amid digital detox: Exploring the movement to unplug and reconnect in 2023 (Image by Pheladi Shai from Pixabay)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist at Wockhardt Hospitals on Mira Road, explored the movement to unplug and reconnect in 2023 and shared, “In 2023, the digital detox movement has gained momentum as individuals seek to reclaim genuine connections in a world saturated with technology. As people grapple with the constant barrage of notifications and the pervasive influence of social media, there’s a growing recognition of the need to unplug and foster authentic relationships.”

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She revealed, “The movement to disconnect from screens and reconnect with the tangible world has profound implications for personal relationships. Couples and families are rediscovering the art of conversation without the distraction of smartphones, fostering deeper emotional bonds. Shared activities, from nature walks to board games, are replacing virtual interactions, offering a richer and more fulfilling sense of togetherness.”

Highlighting that beyond the realm of romantic and familial connections, friendships are also evolving amid this digital detox, the mental health expert said, “Face-to-face interactions are becoming prized, as individuals recognise the unique value of physical presence in fostering empathy and understanding. Social gatherings are characterised by genuine laughter and meaningful conversations rather than the superficial exchanges often found in the digital sphere. However, the movement is not without its challenges. Striking a balance between digital engagement and disconnection is a delicate act. Some individuals find it difficult to navigate professional obligations and maintain personal relationships without the constant tether of technology.”

The digital detox movement in 2023 is reshaping the landscape of human connections. By prioritising real-world interactions, individuals are forging deeper, more meaningful relationships that stand the test of time in an era dominated by screens.

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