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Do You Want A Digital Detox for the Holidays?

Some time away might be nice?

December 19, 2019

According to a new survey, four in five parents would be willing to go on a 'digital detox' to be more present with their families this holiday season.

The poll of 2,000 parents found that nearly 80% say they want a break from their devices over the holidays.

Instead of reaching for the presents on Christmas morning, 72% of parents polled say they reach for their phone instead.

The new study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Groupon, found that 86% of parents have had their child complain that they spend too much time on their phone.

In fact, more than half (53%) say they’ve missed out on an activity or bonding experience with their child because they were preoccupied with a phone or other device.

Forty-three percent say they spend more time on their phone on Christmas Day than any other typical day -- with over half (51%) say they check social media more frequently during the holidays.

And the average parent polled will spend four hours a day on their devices during the holiday season — amounting to a total of 80 hours (more than three days) across all their digital devices in a single holiday season.

While it’s great to capture memories with digital devices, it’s important to soak up those memories as well. Fifty-five percent are planning a device-free holiday dinner this year.

In fact, 31% have banned phones and devices from the holiday dinner table and plan to again this upcoming holiday season.

The results showed that three in four would prefer the holidays be a social media-free occasion.

This is most likely due to the fact that 55% have had the unfortunate experience of having a family holiday dinner disrupted by a phone or other device going off.

Over eight in ten say having digital devices at the dinner table is distracting, disruptive and ruins quality family time.

In fact, 64% have had their holidays disrupted by technology because there is always one member of the family staring at their screen while everyone is together, while a further 47% say they've had their holiday ruined because of social media.

If you're thinking of going off the grind, unplugging for a bit, or going for a full-on digital detox now would be a perfect time. Just remember less time on your phone means more time to enjoy your family and friends this Holiday season. Wouldn't you like to be more present this year?

I'm not going to lie... just typing that gave me a bit of anxiety. I suppose in my defense though technology is part of my job. I don't force myself to do a long-term cleanse, but perhaps I could do it one of these weekends. 

If you want to take a digital break here are some tips to help you do it successfully.

Decide what technology will be included in the cleanse. Are you going on a vacation for a week and leaving your phone behind, or are you merely ditching social media to live your best life? Make a choice now and maybe even delete the apps you want to avoid while on your chosen cleanse.

Inform People You're Going Off the Grid: If you're one of those people that are always posting and suddenly you're radio silent, it can cause family and friends to worry. Just give these people a heads up, so they don't freak out over your silence.

Make Plans To Keep Yourself Occupied: Now that you aren't texting, tindering, or on social media, you need other things to take up that time.

Set a Realistic time frame for your cleanse: Is it a day, a week, or a weekend? Just set your time frame and be realistic about it. Obviously, if you are planning a week off, but your job requires you using social media...well that won't work.

Cheers to being more present during the holidays and not picking up your phone. It's definitely hard, but you can do it.