What I Learned During My Tech Detox


It started as a simple thought entering my head - is it possible to go without technology for four days straight? Attributing to right-timing, there happened to be a little family trip to Melacca that week, and I thought it was the right time to try out my very first ‘tech detox’. My following reflection points on each of those days.

The first day was somewhat odd; I felt rather light on my feet for not having to carry my iPhone X around. I also did not have to check my notifications every half an hour, which was slightly annoying and habitual at the same time for me.

The second day had a numbing effect, but still no hesitation to touch the glossy gorilla glass, which was the primary distraction of my daily life. There was no withdrawal from any of my devices at this point. I just succumbed to the fact I did not need my phone. The sense of freedom to connect back to a reality far outweighs the need to connect to cyber-space.

The third day was liberating, total freedom; I could smell the air, taste the food and see the kids clearly in their environment. I finally have more time to take a deep breath to experience the full grandeur of reality.

The fourth day had me despising the idea that I had to jagged myself back into the matrix the next day. The matrix fills me up with notifications, social media feed, marketing blast from every website and just pure chaos. It was like entering a world that I know will steal my attention from reality the minute I boot into that world. I did not like the idea; I was going to miss reality; thus, I now know how to approach technology better.

Richard Ong is the author of Mindsets and Core Purpose. He is deeply passionate about helping others develop new products and services for the future. He is also a business coach and keynote speaker, with multiple IBM Bravo and Performance awards. He was met by Prince Charles to discuss his entrepreneurial efforts in Malaysia and was featured on national radio.

Richard Ong earned his Masters in Business Administration from Victoria University, Melbourne. He was the president of the VUMBA Community from 2010 to 2011 and was recognised as a WORQ super-member in 2018 for his community-building efforts. He also teaches part-time at Sunway University and Jeffrey Sachs Center.

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