Constant use of online services is turning into a big menace and many Brits are seeking digital detox from the Internet as well as their mobile devices, according to this Reuters report.
On an average Brits are spending 25 hours online every week, whether on mobile phones or laptops and PCs. They would rather spend this time with family members, friends and loved ones, but they cannot help it.
Digital detox seems to bring them some respite. One-third of Brits are seeking digital detox to get rid of their online addiction. According to communications industries regulator Ofcom, some 15 million adult Brits have sought help to get them away from Internet addiction. Brits aged between 16 and 24 are spending 29 hours online and teens are spending on an average 26 hours online every week. They are actively seeking digital detox.
Ofcom did a survey of 2025 adults and 500 teenagers for its annual Communications Market Report. Six Brits out of 10 have confessed that they need some sort of help to get them out of their online addiction. They neglect their house work, their professional lives suffer, they suffer from lack of sleep and they spend less time with their families. 59% said they cannot get themselves off the Internet without some help and 34% admitted that they have gone through some sort of digital detox in one way or another. Spending too much time online is also causing depression in many people.
What is digital detox?
The problem is not just Britain-specific. Very soon, in many countries and many cities people will have to go through some or the other form of digital detox. But what exactly is digital detoxing?
Digital detox means switching off your mobile phone (or any device that can connect to the Internet) for a specific number of hours. Maybe for 10 hours initially and then you gradually increase the time. You can practice digital detox on your own or you can participate in a digital detoxing program where people try to avoid using their mobile devices as a group.
Digital detoxing gives you some time to step back and reflect on other aspects of life rather than always being hooked on to the Internet. It gives you time to recharge yourself and be more productive and help you achieve what you want to achieve. A digital detoxing gives you more time that you can spend with your loved ones.
But why is digital detoxing becoming a buzzword? It is because many rehab centres are opening up to help you with digital detoxing. Even corporate packages are available in which people are encouraged to participate in group activities to keep them away from their mobile phones and other devices they use to connect to the Internet.
A digital detox period can last for 24 hours or for a few days. Many people have digital detoxing on Sundays when all the family mobile phones are switched off and only one critical phone is kept active.
Digital detoxing is relatively a new word especially since people started using instant messaging apps and social networking websites to get constant updates from their family and friends, relatives, and colleagues, and very often, even from strangers. You don’t know what is happening with your family members, but you certainly know what is happening with strangers you have connected to on Facebook. If that is the case, you desperately require to digitally detox yourself.