So Mr Miliband, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg and the rest - come and join me in the week long digital switch-off

11/02/2015 11:27 GMT | Updated 12/04/2015 10:59 BST

Here's an election winner: Government backed compulsory digital switch off?

I've had enough. What's wrong with the world? Snapchats with friends on the toilet and the ceremony of how to take a good selfie, and that's just my friends.

It gets worse for my teenagers. "Why have you reached only 100 likes for the picture of your dog doing the washing up? It's worth more."

I love technology and my family is teched-up to the eyeballs but I have a small confession. I need a break.

I applaud Germany's decision to close email function at the end of the working day.

Germany's employment ministry has banned its managers from calling or emailing staff out of hours except in emergencies, under new guidelines intended to prevent employees from burning out. Hats off. What a blessing for our German neighbours who can start to restrict the flow of work email.

It got me thinking. Why don't we go one step further? Yes. Why don't we have a period of total switch off? A week of total digital detox.

There I've said it. This Damascus-like conversion follows my digital detox over the New Year with my family. It was awful at times but there's no denying it helped our mental wellbeing.

My brain felt a bit emptier (in a good way). The whole family noticed that they slept better. We all spoke to each other and even played board games (yes, real board games). Which was all very retro. The rows over social media stopped. Basically after the break we all came back rested and much better overall.

Don't call me a hypocrite. I may be the digital dad but even the sister of Facebook's founder and digital guru Randi Zuckerberg agrees. Her advice? "I think taking some time - even 15 minutes - with your kids, to just put your devices away and make eye contact with them, and make them feel like they're the only person in your life at that moment."

The Pew Research Centre found that social media can increase stress by making people more aware of trauma in the lives of close friends. So stress is contagious. Who could have guessed?

So here's what the main parties should consider as a serious manifesto pledge:

A digital week off for all employers - you can choose when.

As an employer, I feel I have a duty of care to my team and I think that applies to social media so why not encourage the big switch off?

It can only be a help to the next generation of employees. Young people spend most of their days being judged and judging each other in terms of popularity. We are all trying to promote ourselves at the expense of anonymity. Culturally we say one thing and mean another. This is symptomatic of the 'always on' mentality. One week a year is a small amount of time to switch off but perhaps it could trigger something that actually we can survive without liking each other's selfies. And a week of no likes may prove more meaningful in the long run.

So Mr Miliband, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg and the rest - come and join me in the week long digital switch-off.