In our busy 21st century lives, we use digital technology for nearly everything we do. Texting, emailing and tweeting on the move has become the daily norm for most of us, and recent studies suggest this is having a damaging effect on our health and wellbeing.
The average person checks their phone 200 times a day
As evidenced by research from travel experts holidaycottages.co.uk however, a new trend is emerging involving digital detoxing: switching off technology and enjoying a break from the digital world. Holidaycottages.co.uk’s survey results show that people are aware of their overconsumption and would like to cut down, with a large majority (72%) saying they would like to do a digital detox.
People from the North East of England are the most enthusiastic about doing a digital detox, along with 25-34 year-olds from around the country, which is interesting given that they are also the biggest phone users. This means that the largest demographic of phone users could soon become the biggest group of digital detoxers!
How to take a digital detox;
- Think of new ways to entertain yourself without your screen, buy a magazine, book, take a walk.
- If you are a fan of notes and list, get a notebook and write things down.
- Be more social – IRL! forget the DMs meet your friends in person.
- Switch the email notifications off.
- If you use your phone for the time, maybe it’s time to get a new watch.
- And if you are still struggling, ask a friend or family member to hide your phone away.
Here are the top three places where people would like to take part in a digital detox, according to this survey:
1. The beach – complete with fresh air and vitamin D, the beach is the ideal location for anyone looking to relax and unwind.
2. The mountains – If you’re feeling stressed, a mountain hike is just what the doctor ordered!
3. The secluded countryside – being completely cut off and in the countryside means you can leave stress behind and focus your mind on nature.
Holidaycottages.co.uk has explored the most relaxing places to let go of your digital devices and enjoy the great outdoors.