How To Do A Digital Detox

We're finding it tougher than ever to switch off. Find out how to get the balance right...

We’re
finding it harder than ever to switch off. The average Brit checks their phone 200 times a day, i.e. once every seven minutes, spending 25 hours a week online. Technology may have made our lives easier, but it’s also a double-edged sword, with work emails pinging their way onto our mobile phones and tablets at all hours of the day and night, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram turning us into digital junkies. 

It takes the average adult 20 minutes to regain focus following a single interruption. If you’re anything like the average phone-checker, this means you’re likely to be performing at sub-optimal levels at all times! You might feel compelled to make frequent checks of your inbox for ‘urgent’ emails, but cutting back could boost your productivity several times over.

A quarter of us spend more time online than we do in bed – and, when we do make it under the covers we’re now more likely to be accompanied by a phone or tablet than a partner! Technology can be a lifeline – in fact, research has found that using social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter several times a day, sending and receiving plenty of emails and regularly sharing digital images could reduce your stress levels by a fifth. However, technology and social media use has also been linked with anxiety and depression, so it’s important to learn how to get the balance right.

Three-quarters of us think we’d struggle to go 24 hours without checking our phone or computer. Of course, these same people are the ones with the most to gain from a digital detox… So if the idea of switching off your laptop in the evening or leaving your phone outside the bedroom at night fills you with dread, it’s time to get tough with yourself…

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