Name of the program: Digital Detoxification
The name and logo of the organization: Mero Eye Foundation
The date of submission of the proposal: May 3rd, 2021
The name and signature of the organization’s: Dr. Kapil Gautam
Prepared for: General Public
Prepared by: Dr. Kapil Gautam (Director- Mero Eye Foundation)
Mero Eye is applying for a free Digital Detoxification (DD) Training Program.
The detoxification program is an educational and real-life experience for participants as well as a sustainable medium to share insights with the public. At the same time, it helps to live a productive, meaningful, and qualitative life without digital devices. We believe in evidence-based practice; its major prevalence is seen in the pediatric population including the adult and teenagers.
- PROGRAM OVERVIEW
- GOALS OF PROGRAM
- TARGET AUDIENCE
- TEACHING METHODS
- LEARNING OUTCOMES
- ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
As in today’s era of digital technology, the use of digital gadgets is in day-to-day practice in the lives of every person from childhood to old age and even more in the adult age group. No human can deny the utmost advantages that we are receiving from technology today. At the same time, we cannot even run from the harsh reality of the consequences and impacts of the technology that we humans are facing each day through its use. Nevertheless, we cannot forbid ourselves from utilizing digital devices and taking advantage of this century.
With the undeniable and rapid growth in the use of digital devices, there to has been swift growth in the consequences led by digital devices. These outcomes are somewhat ignorable or manageable and some of them are as critical as impacting one’s lives mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and even spiritually thereby taking a very long duration of time and consistent efforts to be managed. This clearly signifies the need for a digital detoxification program among today’s generation that not only emphasizes the minimal use of digital devices but also gives a positive outlook in the management of the hazards brought by the massive use of digital devices.
This digital detoxification program will inform the public about the impact of digital devices in their lives along with an ideal way to manage them. In addition to that, it will also shed light about the correct postures and positions as well as environmental modifications that are to be made while using digital devices.
Conclusively, this program will emphasize more to improve the quality of life of individuals who are sufferer of digital problems in this era of science and technology with a digital platform
Official work, home-based work advancing technologies, technologically developing world, schooling, entertainment e.g., gaming, watching serials, comedy shows or maybe professional work in every sector has a connection to digital technology. It is universal and can’t be detached from our life by any means. Despite having numerous advantages, it has its own side-effects too. So, through this detoxifying project, we want to help participants to minimize the effect caused by digital technologies through which they can live a healthy, productive, effective, social, and stress-free life.
GOALS OF PROGRAM
- To the aware public of health-related problems/side-effects by the digital devices.
- To promote the healthy use of digital devices.
- To motivate people in coping with the negative impacts of digital gadgets.
- To adopt a healthy lifestyle through utmost utilization of technology.
- General Public.
- Presentations, Lectures, Poster’s presentation, Focused group discussions
- Participants will develop and apply effective use of digital gadgets that will enable one to adequately navigate through digital technology.
- Participants will have more flexibility in using the importance of digital detoxification.
- Participants will demonstrate the ability to resolve negative consequences led by digital gadgets.
- Participants will demonstrate critical thinking skills related to technology, such as problem-solving.
- Participants will be able to identify technologies’ problems, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and develop science-based solutions.
- We anticipate having an enthusiastic group of participants of varying ages who have a basic understanding of the Nepali and English language with a good listening ability.
While people often feel that they can’t imagine life without their digital devices, research and surveys have found that technology use can also contribute to stress. Digital detoxification program intends people to focus on real-life social interactions and live a stress-free life without distractions.
In today’s world, it is becoming more common to see people that they cannot disconnect from the virtual world, not even when they are resting. Nowadays, our most stressful factors are related to work, social life, culture and technology, and the stress resulting from technology is referred to as digital stress. Recent research has shown that some people experience significant stress and anxiety when they are separated from their phones and can even exhibit withdrawal-like symptoms, comparable to those usually seen when someone has an addiction.
Here are some of the effects of digital stress
A variety of digital devices can cause digital eye strain, including televisions, computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and gaming systems, especially when they are used simultaneously or when switching repeatedly from one device to another. Blue light also referred to as high-energy visible (HEV) light, is another cause of digital strain, which is emitted by digital devices and increases eye strain. It may also contribute to vision problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Red, dry or irritated eyes
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
Lighting sources and technology have experienced a revolution in the last decades. All of the modern technology devices like computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets use blue light. Blue light’s role in maintaining melatonin levels in our body makes it a huge factor in controlling our body’s circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythm is responsible for telling your body when it’s time to sleep and wake up, so any disturbances to this cycle will have an effect on our sleep. As a result, we may experience difficulty falling asleep or even staying asleep.
All that time in front of computers, phones, and tablets is affecting people’s health. The majority of youngsters are suffering from the symptoms of digital-physical strain, including neck, shoulder and back pain.
The excessive involvement in the digital world can affect the mental health of a person resulting in anxiety or panic attacks, isolation or withdrawal from social activities, increased secrecy, anger, depression, failing grades, rebellion, stomach aches, headaches or other general body aches not explained by a medical condition.
A short message to the management of digital stress:
A recent study found that restricting smartphone use in the bedroom improved sleep quality, and increased happiness and quality of life. The British Psychology Society recently posted an article on how taking a five-day break from Facebook can reduce cortisol levels (a physiological marker of stress), and other studies have found a similar positive effect on more psychological measures of wellbeing.
Regular eye examinations and proper viewing habits can help to prevent or reduce the development of the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.