Maha village opts for `evening detox` to curb life`s daily digital clutter


A village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district is showing its residents a way out of the clutter of electronic gadgets and social media platforms in modern life by getting its residents to go for a “digital detox” every evening.

The idea was mooted by Mohitanche Vadgaon Village Sarpanch Vijay Mohite and residents enthusiastically participated in this novel practice.

A siren blares from a local temple at 7pm, signaling people to turn off their mobile phones and other devices and switch off their television sets etc. to read books, study and talk to each other, while another The alarm signals the end of the detox period at 8.30 pm.

Speaking to PTI, the coronavirus-induced lockdown and the subsequent spell of online classes have put mobile phones in the hands of children even after school ends for the day, while parents’ television viewing hours have increased.

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“When physical classes resumed, the teachers realized that the children had become lazy, did not want to read and write and were mostly engrossed in their mobile phones before and after school hours. Separate studies in villagers’ homes There were no rooms. So I came up with the idea of ​​digital detox,” he said.

“I had earlier proposed an hour-and-a-half period. Initially, there was hesitation because people were wondering if it was possible to stay away from mobiles and TV screens. On Independence Day, we called a village meeting of women. And a Decided to buy sirens. Then Asha workers, anganwadi workers, gram panchayat employees, retired teachers went door to door to create awareness about digital detox,” he added.

Mohitanche Wadgaon has been home to freedom fighters, has won awards for cleanliness from the state and central governments and is known for maintaining social harmony, which is always focused on development work, he said.

“At this time, between 7 pm and 8.30 pm, people keep their mobile phones aside, switch off the television set and focus on reading, studying, writing and chatting. The implementation of this initiative A ward-wise committee has been constituted to monitor,” the sarpanch explained.

Underscoring the need for such a move, student Gayatri Nikam said her colleagues and others were glued to phones and television sets during the lockdown, even when the power was out, on course books and other study materials. barely glancing up.

Another person said that women in village households would be busy watching television serials and there is not much parental supervision over children.

“Now, from 7 pm to 8.30 pm children study while parents read and write. There is no disturbance as everyone goes to such productive activities,” added the villager.

Incidentally, earlier this month, some members of the Jain community in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen observed a “digital fast” for 24 hours during ‘Perushan Parv’ by keeping away from their smartphones and other electronic devices.

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