You Might Need a Digital Detox

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Red Barn Blog: Digital Detox

Would you rather clean your toilet than your email inbox?

Do you find yourself checking your cellphone when it’s not ringing?
Does a walk on the beach do little to relieve your work stress?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be in need of a digital detox. But don’t try to tame the technology beast alone.

Sign up for a weekend at Camp Grounded in Anderson Valley, California,“where grown-ups go to unplug, getaway and be kids again.”

The camp, which gained national attention last year, invites campers to trade in their technology——- that means cellphones, computers, tablets, clocks, and live off the grid for a weekend in the woods.

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Activities offered at the camp include meditation, swimming, a talent show, and archery. Corporate teams are encouraged.

It sounds extreme, but some of us just can’t unplug.

Consider some of the statistics Camp Grounded complied in its digital Camp Grounded manifesto.

  • Sixty one percent admit to being addicted to the internet and their devices.
  • The average American dedicates 30 percent of leisure time on the web.
  • Fifty percent of people prefer to communicate digitally than in person.
  • Sixty seven percent of cellphone users check their device even when it’s not ringing or vibrating.
  • Heavy internet users are 2.5 time more likely to be depressed.
  • The average employee spends 2 hours a day recovering from distractions.

If sneaking out at night at Camp Grounded—- which is actually encouraged—- to gaze up at the stars is not your style, Conde Nast Traveler offers several more luxurious vacation options to un plug.

From a safari camp in Tanzania to a resort nestled in the Andes in Peru, the places are remote and technology is sketchy. Just don’t pack your phone.

PS – we didn’t get paid by Camp Grounded or Conde Nast Traveler – we just think the Red Barn Team needs to unplug once in a while. Company Retreat?? Maybe!

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