The moment I realised that I had a genuine, real life addiction is when I realised it was making me feel bad about myself. There's nothing like looking at people's #cleaneating , fitness posts, travel pictures and engagement pictures to make your whole life feel pretty inadequate.
You are a human being, not a bottle of milk.
Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge sits perched high in the Knuckles mountain range. I came across this gem of a place on a travel blog when researching my trip, and immediately knew I had to write this into my itinerary. To say this place is heaven on earth would be an understatement - I only wish I'd stayed longer.
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.
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.
I decided it was time to go phone-free and enter a digital detox rehab retreat. I was going for a Five News 'story'. In truth, from the enthusiasm my editor, Cristina, sent me out the door with, it was clear she thought I was desperately in need of going cold turkey.
Boredom reminds me of water that's put under pressure in a steam engine - if you open the tank slightly once in a while to release the pressure, the water will eventually all boil away, and the engine won't work. But if you keep it under pressure all the time, the steam might become so intense that it will make the engine work and the machine will start moving.
We're stressed, we feel over-worked and arranging to meet up with friends feels more like a chore than the fun evening out it's mean to be. Personally, I think these are several symptoms of our increasing tech addiction.
Holidays are the main reason why August is the month when most people take digital detox. However, now that the summer is almost over and we are back to our lives and pouring rain, how can we make sure that our digital detox results stick?
Parents are sharing beautiful Instagram photos of their children "rediscovering the art of play " using the hashtag#ChildhoodUnplugged