With the proliferation of smart devices and equal access to the internet, more people are today connected at home, at work, and on their mobile phones.
According to researchers, many people spend over eight hours plugged to the digital world per day as a result of the information and communication devices at their disposal.
More worrisome is the fact that fewer than one out of ten adults take a break from engagement in information technology.
Obviously, if the reality of a hyperlinked life is being connected or being online, then the expectation is to be constantly reachable, ready to reply either through email, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Twitter, Skype and Instagram thus making people omnipresent.
People are constantly on the phone with friends, colleagues and others who want to reach them instantly. People even sleep with their phone on and ready to receive calls. With these devices in their hands, people feel smarter, more equipped and secure as well as connected to different communities and data sources.
The grave implication of the information age is that people have more information than they could ever consume.
As people spend more hours being hyperlinked, lifestyle also becomes influenced by what we read or watch on these devices, hence the need for emotional detoxification to bring people back to the norms of heterogeneous society.
One way to regain freedom from this technological entanglement is for people to go on a weekly digital break when the digital devices are kept away.
Indeed, people should learn to spend less time online and in front of the screen.
No doubt, sabbath practices would require discipline and setting boundaries with work and other responsibilities.
If nothing is done about the way the society is drifting, the disadvantages of information overload would outweigh the advantages.