Digital Detox 2020

Digital Detox is an initiative to reduce the toxicity of our personal digital environments and how we engage with them. The theme of the 2020 Digital Detox, which will run from January 8 - 31, 2020, will be Attention in the Attention Economy. Each Digital Detox newsletter offers insights and actionable strategies for addressing the push and pull of attention-hungry digital spaces.

Newsletters from 2018 and 2019 are linked below. Check out previous newsletters and sign up now for Digital Detox 2020!

About the initiative

In the office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ), we look holistically at "the digital" in our lives and in our educational environments. This means we examine the promises and the risks of how we use digital tools, how those tools impact various facets of our lives and interactions, and the increasingly blurred edges between physical and digital realms.

A digital detox can help all of us to develop more critical, self-protective, and healthy habits in digital spaces. This digital detox is a little different from ones you may have seen out there, that generally promote time away from technology to encourage more mindfulness. During DLINQ's detox, yes, you may look at mindful and healthy habits, but we’ll also show other ways to critique and address the toxicity of our personal digital environments.

In 2020, we will turn our attention...to Attention in the Attention economy. We will explore how the attention economy drives the design of digital environments, impacts our relationships to and through digital tools, impacts our ability to attend to important things, and extracts our data for the profits of corporations. We'll also share the impact of the digital attention economy on students and explore strategies for bringing focus back to learning. Topics may include: self care as activism, leveraging UX/design to help channel attention, the impact of automation/AI on attention, noticing in the digital world, thwarting attention metrics in digital platforms, and more! This January, focus your attention on the 2020 Digital Detox.

2019 Digital Detox


Digital Detox 2018

Schedule of Digital Detox newsletters that went out in January and February, 2018:
Jan. 10 Mindful social media practices
Jan. 12 Safe(r) social media practices
Jan. 17 Using privacy-oriented web tools
Jan. 19 Better passwords and password management
Jan. 24 Blocking and clearing personal data from brokers
Jan. 26 Email survival strategies and better email services
Jan. 31 Fact checking quickly
Feb. 2 Ongoing reflections and resources
BONUS EDITION: How the loss of net neutrality impacts educators and students