Oct 29, 2020

Lockabox Phone Locker: Our Top Tips for a Digital Detox

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Digital Detox is a phrase we hear thrown around pretty much daily, especially with the rise of documentaries such as ‘The Social Dilemma’. But what actually is a digital detox and why do you need a mobile phone locker? Well, a digital detox is officially defined as: “A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.”

Are we a world driven by online rather than physical connection?

We all know social media can have its benefits such as Crowdfunding, raising awareness and providing a large platform to bring about change. However, over the past couple of years, social media has become increasingly scrutinised. It is often linked to poor mental health, self esteem issues and teenage suicide. More recently as the catalyst to a civil war, caused by polarised information (The Social Dilemma, 2020). I think we can all agree that time spent on devices is becoming increasingly worrying, I mean how many times a week do you vow to spend less time on your phone? In extreme cases this dependency can even lead to tech addiction. These negative associations are leading more and more people to consider a digital detox or at least make a conscious effort to limit screen time. 

So what are the benefits of a digital detox?

  • Improved sleep 
  • Healthier relationships
  • Increased feeling of living in the moment 
  • Higher connection with the natural world around you 
  • Content and calmer mood

How our phone locker can help you on your digital detox:

A phone locker is not the solution to the overall issue of the social dilemma, it can not change tech firms behaviour, or the way they are using your data. However, our phone lockers do provide a safe haven for devices and can be used for encouraging positive behavioural changes when it comes to limiting screen time. Think out of sight out of mind! 

There are some great apps you can use when it comes to limiting screen time such as ‘Freedom’, ‘Moment’ or ‘Kidslox’, however for those parents who are admittedly ‘technophobes’ these may seem overwhelming. This is especially relevant when your children are more tech savvy than you, as this may even give them an advantage when it comes to setting screen time limits or boundaries. They may know how to change settings without you even realising. This is where a mobile phone locker is a great solution – it creates a physical boundary with no complications, making it both easy to monitor and use.

How could I use my Lockabox phone locker to implement a digital detox?

Putting away your phone during meal times – We all know phones at the dinner table are not ideal – but that notification ping can be just too tempting! By putting your phones in our mobile phone locker they are kept out of sight and the temptation is taken away. This allows you to enjoy mealtimes without the distraction of devices.

Designate tech free hours – Tech free hours can be the perfect start to a digital detox, designating tech free time signals the beginning of a positive behavioural change. Our Lockabox can be used to create boundaries and make designated tech free times clear, creating peace of mind.

Make your bedroom a no-tech zone – Our lockable storage box can be stored outside of the bedroom, with devices being placed within the Lockabox to create clear boundaries. In addition, devices can be charged whilst securely locked within the phone locker, meaning there are no excuses for devices being within the bedroom (thank us later!) This can be especially important with children, devices being securely locked away can create reassurance for parents around the safety of their children online and can really take the worry away – we have even been called ‘life changing’!

Limiting screen time may seem impossible, however simple positive behavioural changes can make a big difference. Creating clear boundaries helps to ensure behavioural changes are consistent and clear. Lockabox helps with temptation by keeping devices out of sight and mind!

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Our secret weapon is our patented clam-shell design (which gives the Lockabox its strength) combined with tough polycarbonate, and the best British manufacturing that doesn’t use glue and is BPA safe.