Today, The Unplug Series® announced the results of the “Taking Timeout from Technology” a new international study, revealing that 20% would suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they had to go 24 hours without their digital devices.
Consumers – that is, 6,000 online adults in the U.S, Canada, U.K and Australia who are 18 and older — who struggle to unplug from their smartphones and social media accounts, gave the following responses to the question:
“What would you do if you could unplug from technology for 24 hours?”
• 17% would use the time to read a real book.
• 10% would use the time to clean their house.
• 20% would feel crazy, depressed or suffer withdrawal symptoms.
• 11% would spend time with their family.
• 17% would feel more at peace, relaxed and less stressed.
• 13% would get outside and spend time in nature.
“With users checking their smartphones every six and a half minutes and people spending over six billion minutes on Facebook each day, the results of this study are not surprising — we seem to live in the Too Much Information Age and consequently we all struggle to unplug from technology and our digital devices,” said Gemini Adams, founder of The Unplug Series, and author of new book, The Facebook Diet.
“However, what’s interesting is the study shows the areas where we lose out because of our ‘always on’ lifestyle; books sit on shelves gathering dust, quality face-to-face time with family is dwindling, we feel increasingly strung out and suffer from strange anxiety fueled conditions such as FOMO, while secretly we’re all craving some time in nature! With the holiday season fast approaching, this is the perfect time to think about how we’re going to take timeout from technology to refresh, recharge and reconnect with ourselves and family.”
You can view the Taking Timeout from Technology Infographic here.