You Might Need a 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.
Activities offered at the camp include meditation, swimming, a talent show, and archery. Corporate teams are encouraged.[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]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