Why More People Are Taking Digital Detox Holidays
In a study released earlier this year, it was revealed that the average person spends three and a half hours on their phone each day. Scaling up, this amounts to one day a week, or 50 days every year that we give up to our devices. That’s pretty concerning.
Buzzing away to alert us about things going on around the world and inside of our social circles, our phones and tablets bombard us with information at all hours of the day. Far from harmless pocket-sized nuisances, though, our devices pose a viable threat to our physical and mental health.
Indeed, respected psychologists have demonstrated that constantly checking in on a device leads to higher stress levels. Research also suggests that young adults are more likely to be depressed if they spend a large amount of time on social media platforms.
Just as worryingly, scientists have explained that the blue light which is emitted by smartphones and laptops accelerates blindness.
All in all, we should probably extend a bit more caution when it comes to sinking time into our mobile phones.
This is why more and more people are taking ‘digital detox holidays’. Breaking from social media and the daily digital deluge, hordes of millennial are prioritising their well-being when taking time off work.
Rather than documenting their entire trip on Instagram and tweeting about their experiences, it’s estimated that around 20% of adults now cut back on digital consumption when away on holiday.
But where to actually go when it comes to planning a digital cleanse?
Obviously, a destination that’s deprived of mobile signal makes it much easier to put your device to one side and simply enjoy being in the moment.
Take their special interest holidays, for example. Travelling to historic hotels that are purposely frozen in time, these getaways remind people what life was like before massive amounts of information was beamed directly into their pockets.
Obviously, our devices aren’t digital devils. In fact, they’re pretty great. They help us get around, find the best deals, check our emails and get up to the minute information about world events.
They help us connect with our loved ones. They even help us to find loved ones. But like everything that has an effect on our health, they’re best used in moderation and something that you should seriously consider taking the occasional holiday from.