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Need Help Unplugging? Try A Digital Detox Retreat

Source | FastCompany : By LISA RABASCA ROEPE

Smartphones are used for much more than just calling or texting. We’re using them as alarm clocks, reminders to attend meetings, and as a way to manage a variety of tasks.

According to a 2015 report by Pew Research Center, 62% of those surveyed used their phone to look up information about a health condition, 57% for online banking, and 30% to take a class or get educational content. Eighteen percent even used it to submit a job application.

Due to this increasing dependence on mobile devices, resorts are now offering digital detox retreats where participants give up technology during their stay and discuss ways to manage their daily use. Retreats range from a rustic stay in cabins at Camp Grounded to a luxurious weekend retreat at The Spa at Mandarin Orientalin Las Vegas.

Jodi Omear, a communications executive in Washington, D.C., attended Camp Grounded last summer with a friend and is heading back for another four-day retreat at the end of August.

Omear admits that before the retreat, she was very dependent on her devices. They were the last thing she looked at before going to sleep and first thing she looked at when she woke up. In between, she typically checked her smartphone every 10 to 15 minutes.

After work hours, it was not unusual for Omear to text her friend on her phone while using Gchat on her laptop, play Candy Crush on her iPad, and have the television on. In fact, her parents were so concerned that she wouldn’t survive four days without a smartphone that they offered to pay for a hotel room if Omear and her friend couldn’t make it to the end of the retreat.

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