Digital Détox

Has the Internet Hardwired You With Bad Habits?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Tech
Daisy May Sitch

I literally look down all the time. We have become a look down generation, void of eye contact and passing conversation. I can't walk to or from the station/office/shop/pub without checking my notifications which then spark an urgency to respond and engage. I'm dismissive of, and frustrated by strangers. I'm grumpy and permanently tired.

Portugal And Wales The First Two Stops On Our Digital Detox Adventure Map

Gemma Johnson | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech
Gemma Johnson

A spring detox is just what the doctored ordered. Time to for us all to emerge from Winter hibernation into carving out space and time to recharge our batteries, ready for the Summer. Summer, a time when moods lighten, our social lives increase (in my case, my children's social lives go off the scale) and the work days get that just that little bit longer.

Should Employees Be Kept on a Digital Leash?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Most companies I worked for expected their employees to be accessible by email, skype or phone both during and outside of the working hours. In other words, I had to constantly check my devices to make sure I don't miss anything important.

How Having Kids Inspired Me to Set Up the Largest Digital Detox Movement In The UK

Gemma Johnson | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Johnson

The most amazing thing about being aware of your digital usage and understanding your boundaries is that it doesn't matter if you slip off the wagon! There are always going to be times when your usage increases but the key to be aware and adjust your usage where necessary.

Do You Need a Social Media Diet?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Tech
Anastasia Dedyukhina

We obviously know that social media represents an idealized version of people's lives, but still can't help envying them. In fact, a few years ago German researchers found that the main motivation of people going on Facebook was to get social gains in reputation and improve their social status. In other words, comparison is inevitable.

5 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If getting a good night's kip is top of your priorities, then you might want to avoid doing the following before bedtime... 1. Don't drink tea You mig...

The Smartphone Habit: Six Ways To Cut Family Tech Time

Liz Lowe | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

There have been numerous articles written outlining the negative effects of excessive screen time on our minds and our relationships, none of which I can be bothered to cite here. My reasons for wanting to resist the lure of the small screen are experiential and very simple...

The Big Turn Off - AKA Superpowered Sleep!

Liz Lowe | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

I had an epic, rib-shattering cough and cold, and the additional symptom of excessive whinging led me to suspect I was a victim of man-flu. The lines between night and day were fuzzier than usual but I still managed to focus on 'superpowering' my sleep, by which I mean improving the quality of it.

In the Real World No One Cares About Digital Detox Withdrawal

Leon Spence | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

For the past five days I've been stuck in the wilds of remotest Northumberland, it's been a revelation. For the most part I've been completely detached from my ordinary life, I've had no wifi, no cell coverage, no Twitter or Huff Post: I've been going crazy.

11 Things That Annoy People Most About Our Smartphone Culture

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Our mobile phones are well and truly part of our lives with the average person checking theirs every six and a half minutes. But that doesn't neces...

How Technology Ruins Your Love Life and What to Do About It

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

An appalling 75% of women say that their digital devices ruin their relationships and intimacy. Conflicts within the couples, higher rates of depression and lower life satisfaction is the price we pay for staying connected all the time. Alarmingly, younger people are even more likely to report tension in their relationships over technology use.

Almost Half Of Brits Would Rather Forget Their Anniversary Than Lose This...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to valuing relationships, it appears we care more about our phones than anything else - as a new survey has found that just under half o...

Woman's Severe Tech Addiction Caused Painful Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A self-confessed tech addict has told of how hours of hunching over devices caused her to suffer chest pain and develop a rare illness. Michelle Go...

Parents Struggle To Limit Kids' Screen Time: Digital Detox Experts Offer Advice

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents

Parents have revealed they find it easier to get their children to do homework, go to bed or eat healthily, than persuading them to turn off their con...

The 2016 Digital Detox

Jemma Moran | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Tech
Jemma Moran

What's the first thing you do in the morning? Is it make a coffee, hug your spouse or check your smartphone? I'm guessing it's the latter. After all, the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, receives just over 100 emails and spends around three hours actively using the internet - so you'd probably need to get going with all of that from your first waking moment.

Would Unlimited Staff Holidays Boost Your Bottom Line?

Stephen Canning | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Stephen Canning

Ubiquitous connectivity means that staff actually tends to work for an incalculable amount of time, answering phone calls and emails, checking their work and continuing on unfinished projects at odd hours.

How to Organize Your Guilt-Free Digital Detox Holidays

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Christmas break is a great legitimate time to allow your brain to have some rest from the excessive stimulation that online brings to our lives and process all information you've been feeding your brain with over the past months.

Breaking the Social Habit

Garret Keogh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Tech
Garret Keogh

I've recently joined the social-break bandwagon. This is slightly ironic, as I'm the founder of a digital marketing agency. As a self-confessed social media addict, I took myself off work, email and social media for a month. I really missed it but learnt a lot about how and why I was sharing so much.

Put Your Phone Away and Communicate! A Critique of Excessive Digital Use

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Mohadesa Najumi

I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of my iPhone. Most of the time uninterrupted use of my phone causes anxiety for and delayed responses in my relationships. It's overwhelming to be constantly digitally engaged.

Dear Essena: The Reality Behind My Instagram

Michelle Elman | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
Michelle Elman

I completely understood what Essena was saying because when I was posting inauthentic things, you start to feel like a fraud but where I differ from her is that I don't think my social media counters my message but instead is the platform I use to spread my message.

Kate Winslet Thinks Parents are 'Losing Control' Of Their Kids To Social Media

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents

Kate Winslet thinks parents are "losing control" of their kids to social media and has urged them to take iPads "out of their children's hands". Th...

Taking It Offline

Noelle Reno | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Tech
Noelle Reno

What's strange and a bit scary is we don't have much offline community anymore. We definitely need more of a sense of community - the real kind, not the cyberspace kind - or I really worry this world is going to get even more fudged up.

In Defence of the Screen-Fixated

Adrian Grist | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Tech
Adrian Grist

I am fortunate enough to have 'real life' friends, from when I was growing up ('Village Friends'), school friends, university friends, college friends, work friends, friends of friends and now, since emigrating, Swedish friends. But thrown into that heady mix are online friends, online friends who have become 'real life' friends and 'real life' friends who are now just online friends.

Powerful Photo Series Shows We're Dangerously Addicted To Tech

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A photographer has shown just how powerful a hold on us technology has. Eric Pickersgill, 29, snapped photo series 'Removed' after spotting a fami...

Parents Are Taking Control Of Kid's Screen Time

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents

Many parents have started giving their children digital bans in order to maintain a healthy amount of screen time, according to a new survey. In t...