Aaaah, the wonders of being connected… all the time!
Do you sometimes feel like it’s just getting too much?
A growing number of people suffering from the stress and frustration generated by 24/7 connectivity are turning to what’s known as Digital Detox. It’s all about “limiting the invasion of mobile phones, tablets and other connected devices into your daily life.
Thirty-year old David from Switzerland is attending a 3-day Digital Detox retreat. He explains: “In the morning the alarm clock rings on my phone. I pick up my phone and I immediately go online. I consult WhatsApp, Facebook, I look at what’s been happening, what I missed while I was sleeping… Then I have my breakfast while listening to music on Spotify. So, I am constantly connected to the internet. On the way to work, at the office, all the time…”
Hyper connection is the disease of the century, especially in developped countries. It can affect anyone and the consequences, according to some health experts, are burn-out or depression. It’s estimated that on average, an adult checks his smartphone more than 200 times a day and receives more than 50 emails. Nearly 8 out of ten people use their smartphone right up until bedtime (source: www.Credoc.fr).
Alexander Steinhart is a Digital Detox retreat coordinator: “Smartphones and the Internet are like some sort of happiness providers that we keep in our pockets. It’s a bit like being drawn to a slot machine in a casino. Notifications like a message from a friend or an important event are like points that we expect to receive. We are constantly under tension and this stimulates emotions within us. But 90% of the time, what is happening is not that important.”
The aim of Digital Detox therapy is to reduce stress and take time to focus more on social interaction and activities directly with others bypassing the interface. The programs can take many forms and each program is focused on training participants to redirect their attentions and energies on productive and pleasant activities, finding pleasure, once again in real life.