Research has revealed that most of us feel so tied down by technology that we can’t let a single text message or email slip by without responding to it immediately, or feeling a sense of anxiety. The cultural pressures to constantly check messages and to stay up to speed on the latest blogs or news media often lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and frustrated without time to breathe. Living in a generation of multi-task masters, we find it hard to simply sit and focus on one thing. In turn, our productivity levels lower as stress levels sky rocket.
Most people can’t remember the last time they went for more than 24hours without touching technology – without updating their status, responding to an email, re-tweeting some sub-interesting fact, sending an sms below the dinner table, scrabbling on their iphone at work, or simply scanning a newsfeed for fun.
In fact, the average American spends 8-12 hours a day living through a screen, while receiving or sending about 400 texts a month (teens are at about 3,700 sms exchanges), and dedicates 30% of leisure time to perusing the web.
Internet use and dependency is higher than we might like to admit. However, many are finally realizing it’s affects on their personal life and society at large.
Problems in relationships often occur when your significant other is left feeling like they don’t have your full attention, or you feel like you are missing out on something somewhere else because you aren’t tapped into some live updates or following a feed. And you may not believe it, but Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is being strongly considered for the 2013 next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders; it’s affects serious.
We understand that technology is an incredibly useful tool in making much of life more efficient, connecting friends and family across the globe, improving the basic daily enjoyment of life for people of all ages, not to mention saving lives around the world. Though, people have forgot what it means to live without it, even briefly. Phones, computers and gadgets are invented to make our life simpler, however they often stand in the way of simply enjoying an experience. Though far too often, we are no longer using the tools, they are using us.
We believe that people need a break. Spending the majority of our waking lives online, experiencing life through a screen, and plugged into technology via one gadget or another as if it were an extension of ourselves is taking it’s toll. We are experiencing burnout, fatigue, relationship issues, and health decline.
We are all guilty of sitting at the dinner table with loved ones, while concerned with the status of someone we don’t even really know. Most have fallen asleep with a smart phone under the pillow waiting for one last email to come in or a friend to message us goodnight. And we can’t even use the toilet without a quick game of Angry Birds or a glance at Facebook.
Our mission at The Digital Detox is to provide people with the opportunity and permission to put aside their digital arm and ”re-format” their own personal hard-drives… so they can return to their job and family feeling rejuvenated and relaxed, with a new found perspective, in order to live a more balanced life online and off.
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Copyright ©2011 The Digital Detox