«  We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our devices » –National day of unplugging
Nowadays, we are all connected: everywhere, everyone, everything. It is really hard to disconnect! Indeed, we are developing a compulsive need to use our digital devices. On the 5th of November 2018, ISCOM PARIS posted something that caught my attention.

digital detox day at iscom Paris
digital detox day at iscom Paris

 

What is a digital detox?

« Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world » Wikipedia

Surprising right? A school who ask students to always have a computer with them, for work, classes, conferences… Yes, paper and pens are rare. But for ONE day, they ask students to disconnect in order to improve their concentration and productivity and raise awareness of digital addiction. ISCOM organized conferences on the subject which is a great way to inform students. I’m glad to see that even if digitalization is our daily life, ISCOM tries to encourage human relations over the Internet.

 

National Day of Unplugging

After that post, I wanted to make some research on the subject. Indeed, it was the first time I heard about digital detox day. I found this quite abnormal with all the digital transformation management nowadays.

Thereby, I found a website: National Day of Unplugging. It is more than just a website, it became a movement. « I unplug to » is their slogan. The next session of 24h unplugging will take place on the 1st of March 2019 where you are invited to buy « sleeping bags ». You put all your devices in these and don’t touch it for the day. They even encourage companies to create special unplugging events. Today, 1 000 unplugged events exist, 75 000 cell phones were placed in sleeping bags but also 12 000 who have joined the movement.

digital detox day with National Unplug
digital detox day with National Day of Unplugging

Let’s remember some statistics about our hyper connexion:

  • On average, a French spends 4 hours 22 minutes in front of screens
  • 20% of French people have 4 screens
  • 29% of respondents in the BVA survey say they are “totally dependent” on digital technology.
  • More than 60% of French people could no longer disconnect for more than a day.
  • Screens are responsible for some of their health problems: lack of sleep (56%), loss of vision (76%) or lack of physical activity (57%). Some even see the cause of their moral decline (18%).

source: CCM – comment ça marche le 27 juin 2018

 And you, are you unplugging too?

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Elsa Hauduc

 

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