Digital detox is a trend. Usually, trends are something for people that have fifteen blogs and name their children after big cities. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do without trends even if
your child is not called “London” or “Schweinfurt”. Instead, you should try doing without everything else! Doing without certain things is in fashion and being in fashion is, after all, the most important thing in life, except maybe for little Schweinfurt. Detox is the word of the hour, the list of things we should abstain from is getting longer and longer.
Dairy products, everything containing gluten, fur anyway, now it’s online networks. It has long been proven: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – the constant exposure to lives that are seemingly more beautiful and glamorous than our own is not good for us. The solution: Switch off your accounts and then proudly tell your friends you are currently treating yourself to a “digital detox phase”.
THE UNCLUTTERING MUST GO ON
Alternatively, we could switch to only following the accounts of miserable, obese dimwits, but “detox” just sounds better. I think: This is still not enough. The uncluttering must continue. First: Relationship Detox, get a divorce. Then: Family Detox, leave little Schweinfurt to fend for himself. Do without food, then pass up on water. Stop breathing, stop all those disruptions in your life that are not about you.
Maybe this is exactly what I hate about all trends: This manic fixation on your own happiness, this neurotic roller coaster ride going from “I want it all” and “I don’t want to need any of this.” So instead of freaking out now and setting fire to your laptop, just stop for a minute and think about what you would really like to do just now.
And then follow this impulse instead of some trend. Maybe, at some point, independence will become a trend, too, and then you will finally be ahead of the curve. But you would never have read about this if you had done without the interned today…
RONJA VON RÖNNE
Ronja von Rönne was born in Berlin in 1992 and has recently returned to the capital to pursue her career as an author. She has published two books and several articles in various newspapers. Her first novel “Wir kommen” (We’re coming) was published by Aufbau Verlag. This year, a collection of her columns entitled “Heute ist leider schlecht” (Sorry, but I can’t make it today) was published by S. Fischer Verlag. Meanwhile, she is still going strong on her blog “Sudelheft” – and that is a good thing!
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