Toggling off or shutting off from technology is a trending thing nowadays. Apple has come up with a ‘screen time’ feature that can assist users to track their smartphone usage and reduce it. In fact, the bigwigs of Silicon Valley are throwing tech-free parties and weekend retreats so that tech evangelists can keep themselves detached from technology. Congresswoman Alexandria Occasio-Cortez has deleted her Facebook account, announcing social media to be a “public health risk.”
Two new books which have become popular, one book is journalist Catherine Price’s “How to Break Up with Your Phone” and the second book is from computer scientist Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”. Both these books suggest a 30-day digital cleanse in order to break free from the cycle of addiction and renew healthier habits.
For years, many Muslims around the globe have used the holy month of Ramadan as a chance to absolve from the cycle of addiction. The fasting for 30-days is the perfect time to reduce the usage of social media and smartphone, as per the report by Muslims from around the nation.
With Ramadan, there’s a feeling that Muslims have a very little amount of time to do as much good in order to get the blessings during the holy month. Omar Usman, who spent the last four years in giving speech about healthy social media usage in Muslim communities across the U.S. Omar pointed that people are very fast to comprehend that their phone is the thing that’s standing in the way as a big time consuming.
During Ramadan, Muslims intends to follow discipline and sacrifice, fasting from food, drink and sex between dawn and sunset.
Many spend the holy month in trying to shed their bad habits like gossiping, swearing, fighting, smoking, watching pornography, drinking alcohol, wasting time — and rather dedicate at least 30 days totally to prayer, empathy, charity and community.
And, in a world where Instagram timelines or Facebook are requiring more and more of our time, Ramadan often means that Muslims are being more careful about their use of technology.