Many of us grew up with a variety of hobbies. Some of us were voracious readers, while others loved taking long walks, creating elaborate art, or sometimes just sitting by the window looking at the world outside. Over time, we’ve seen the time we spend on these activities steadily decreasing. While our smartphones enable us to work from home, to stay in touch with friends and family, and to learn new things every day, they also have a very real impact on our relationships – both with ourselves and with other people. Without taking drastic steps like cutting technology out of our lives, how can we fight the “FOMO” and ensure that we maintain these real-world relationships?

On September 15, marking World Students’ Day, DigiAbhyas organised a webinar to discuss these issues in detail. For this session, we had Dr Sujatha Sharma, Clinical Psychologist and Co-Founder of BetterMinds, Vivek Atray – former IAS Officer, TEDx and Josh Talks speaker, author, and columnist at Hindustan Times, and Dr Narottam Sahoo – Advisor & Member Secretary for Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST), Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of Gujarat.

During the session, various critical aspects under the digital wellbeing concept were highlighted, all leading to the fact that technology is here to stay. It is important for all of us to understand how we interact with digital devices and develop a mindful relationship between life, technology and each other! It has been our pleasure to host such experts who not only understand the need for digital wellbeing but also encourage people to strengthen one’s relationships, both online and offline.