But what did he consume? Crack? Vodka? Heroin? No, nothing of the kind. According to the psychologist he consulted, he had gone cold turkey from the internet. In 1996? Hard to believe, right? But wait…we bet you’ve looked at your phone at least once in the last 10 minutes. Been on the laptop? Opened Facebook? Read the latest news? In 2018, this withdrawal clinic would attract countless potential patients, smartphone zombies as a Deloitte study calls them, who have long been out of control of their internet use.
The subject of technology addiction is now so omnipresent that a whole market has emerged concerned with digital withdrawal. The camp for adults run by Camp Grounded in Navarro, California, wisely located near San Francisco, is just one of many examples. Digital Detox also offers days filled with activities such as talent shows, painting and creative writing, retreats including green smoothies and yoga, all organised by the Oakland-based company. Their motto: “Disconnect to reconnect”. They all have one thing in common: You have to hand in your devices at the entrance.
But what if you’re not ready to go cold turkey and pay hundreds of dollars to hand over your mobile phone? With our small everyday tips, you can quickly restore the balance between working productively with the help of technology and endless internet surfing.