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Are you tempted to plan a digital detox?

Internet overload has led millions of people in the UK to take a “digital detox”, according to research from regulator Ofcom.

The survey found 34% of internet users have taken a period of up to a month away from the web.

Some 59% of those surveyed considered themselves hooked on their devices, with a third saying they found it difficult to disconnect.

Half said that they spent longer online than originally intended each day.

With surveys revealing that many people would rather go without daily doses of coffee or television, than be parted with their smart phone or iPad, it’s safe to say that the world we live has changed drastically since the rise of the internet.

That isn’t to say it’s all bad – the World Wide Web has enriched many of our lives for the better and is an essential part to how the world now works.

However, some youngsters are growing up unable to read people’s body language or facial expressions because their eyes never leave mobile devices, and may not spend enough time daydreaming, creating, and exploring.

Do you think children should spend longer talking to each other, playing outside and people watching instead of being constantly absorbed by technology. Are you concerned about how much time you spend engaging with technology?  Have we got the balance right? 

Are you tempted to plan a digital detox?

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aehall
7th Aug 2016
3
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It's the parents who should apply their own duty of 'parental responsibility' upon their offspring by imposing a 'digital detox' by way of limiting usage of all associated technology.

Too many parents, with the best intentions initially, provide games consoles, and PCs, ostensibly to 'be good parents' providing technology so their youngsters fit comfortably within their existing peer group.

Those same parents want their children to 'fit in with society', 'to go with the flow', and to have a sense of belonging and avoid being seen as outcasts, or, worse still, become the victims of bullying.

Unwittingly, the fact many children often become unable to survive comfortably in social interactions is because they have never experienced non verbal communication with another human. They have never learnt how to recognise visual, and auditory feedback, and, therefore, are unable to comprehend how these natural signs fit into everyday situations in 'REAL LIFE'.

I opine that way before adults provide their 'developing children' with a pile of games, a games console, a PC, and a personal television (often doubling as a monitor) - in nearly every child's bedroom in the developed World - with the intention of keeping them quiet and occupied, they should spend much more physical time with their children.

Input and guidance needs to be there right from birth to teach them how to pick up on the existence of the signs and signals used in human interaction both within and between each other. Parents must, themselves, step in to seriously limit the amount of time children are exposed to attempting to interact with fictional gaming characters. There are 'false' signals in online games, insomuch as they are responses only given out to to the extent the software program stipulates a particular action will be performed.

There wouldn't be the need for any digital detoxation IF people had been taught from an early age NOT to become heavily reliant on the belief that all necessary 'life' communication skills exist electronically.
Lionel
7th Aug 2016
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Well said AE. I couldn't agree more, and that's from one with step grand children who live in their rooms making friends only through electronic media.

I was in our local Co-op about four weeks ago when, at the check out queue ahead of me was a young mum could not silence her screaming child in a push chair. What did she do in the end - thrust an iPad, yes an iPad, in the kiddy's hands and it settled down.

So parenting relies on electronics now, does it? Not in my household!
Wilf
23rd Aug 2016
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I think its difficult as kids still talk to each other...maybe more than ever but they are doing it online. Its just evolution of mankind. We are now in the technology age and its only going to get more intrusive. Its difficult to take a digital detox when the whole world around you if filled with people online. I know many of my friends (all in their 60s) are online and we communicate with emails and even whatsapp groups. How could I communicate if I decide not to be online? difficult one!
LizzieClack
6th Aug 2016
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I enjoy going on-line and keeping in touch with family and friends, and with world and home affairs.
steve263
6th Aug 2016
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I check emails every morning, and get on Facebook for a bit, but then leave it alone. I might check or comment on FB now and again during the day, but apart from that not much else. I do use it to write to a group of pen pals most weeks to keep in touch, and check on the news or do some shopping on Amazon or Ebay. But I don't think it has taken over my life, just added to it.
Wilf
23rd Aug 2016
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Yes same here..the internet has not taken over my life but just added. If I see a book review in the paper I can quickly buy a book on Amazon instead of trudging to the local town where they may not even have it. Same as online shopping my wife has been using it for years. We have saved countless hours in supermarkets, journeys in the car and are probably helping the environment as we don't need to go out so much
BirdofParadise
5th Aug 2016
2
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I can control my use of anything digital. I don't take my phone out with me. When I am on holiday it all stays at home. There is nothing worse than sitting on a coach listening to phones ringing and then someone shouting down it. I go on holiday to relax and have only known one coach company ask for phones to remain switched off on the journey. wouldn't you know that I would sit next to someone who ignored this request.
Mikruiser
5th Aug 2016
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I would love to get away from screens, emails and social networks etc, and having just been made redundant, you would think now is my chance, but researching new jobs, self employed options etc have put paid to that! Still, we're off on the annual camping holiday in a weeks time so hopefully I can detox then ( the site has free wifi, but it's Cornish slow!).
Wilf
5th Aug 2016
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I think when the internet is slower it adds to the stress! Sometimes at home my wife and I go mad when its like a snails pace
Pam1960
4th Aug 2016
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It is all about balance. If you use the internet to check the news 3 or 4 times a day, post a couple of things on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchats send a couple of messages to friends then I don't think that it is a problem. People who are constantly messaging friends and posting throughout the day probably should have a break. When I am on holiday I check emails twice a week and Whatsapp my sons to check they are ok and haven't burnt the house down.
Pete H
4th Aug 2016
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I have had a few weeks off when I was up a mountain in Nepal trekking and it was very refreshing however I'm not sure how realistic it is to switch off back at home when everything we do is internet related. I did suggest to the family that we try a 24 hour period off when we were on holiday recently but was shot down in flames!!
JohnHerb
4th Aug 2016
4
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Never! I am totally hooked on the internet. How could I contact all my friends? What about looking at the news, holidays, information and playing games with friends online. No its here to stay and I love it!
bluesky
19th May 2015
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I will only turn off my iPad when my husband does the same!
But, I would miss communications from my children.
Munsterlander
18th May 2015
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Never! the internet is here to stay and its probably mankinds greatest invention...news, sports, games, information, friends...why on earth would you want a detox from it???
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
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I do feel I need to either spend less time on my PC and/or use the time spent on my PC more wisely. I spend too much time looking at and sharing frivolous posts on Facebook (other than actual family and friend posts) and now and then I spend too much time on games like Candy Crush Saga! It is also very easy to spend too much by buying so easily and quickly on the Internet. Using the Internet more wisely is my aim I think.
robinp
9th May 2015
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I thought this referred to my computer,not me!
Bazeley
8th May 2015
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I have spent a few days this week not particularly using technology and its easy to see how you can lose touch with what is going on around you. Whilst I've never been one constantly attached to my devices the world moves so fast these days you can miss things happening if you don't use it. I'm all for taking a break from it when you are on holiday but otherwise I think I would struggle.
nagonthenet
7th May 2015
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Chance would be a fine thing with constant emails coming in and driving us a lot harder work wise.
Devon
7th May 2015
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Jo Kingham
6th May 2015
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There's a time and place for everything as you say Baxi it's getting the balance right.
Baxi
6th May 2015
3
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I think it's important to get a balance. There has been so much written about children obsessed with online gaming, creating imaginary worlds and loosing touch with reality and then as Wilf says, the digital world really helps to connect people and helps older people to stay in touch with friends and family particularly if they are housebound.

Yes, Wilf, the internet is here to stay.
Wilf
6th May 2015
4
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Even for an old fella like me its difficult to stop using the internet. Friends emailing. Reading the BBC and Silversurfers and buying off Amazon..I would be lost without it. Two months ago our broadband went kaput and we had 3 days without the internet. We suddenly realised we were stuck doing a lot of things you take for granted-emailing the kids, buying our food online at Tescos...looking at BBC iplayer. I am afraid the web is here to stay and will only grow as part of all our lives. A very very good thing I think. Takes away any loneliness and gets you connected to the world-probably the best invention ever after fire!
cazador
12th Aug 2016
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Only just seen this thread, but quite agree living without the Internet would be very inconvenient, I don't even visit a Post Office anymore, just have an online Royal Mail account and print a postal voucher to stick on a letter or package, but actually can't remember when I last sent a letter to anyone.
I probably spend too much time online as I am a computer geek but go walking every day for exercise, and apart from buying food and clothes I rarely visit a shop.
Wilf
12th Aug 2016
0
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Yes I agree I hardly ever go to shops ...whats the point it just wastes time and time is the most valuable commodity there is. We are in the middle/start of an incredible social and commercial revolution with the digital age. In 30 years I cannot believe most of todays shops will be on the high street. JUst restaurants. estate agents will all be online, banks same etc etc

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