Digital detox: no smartphone - digital fasting is rightly the trend

Digital fasting: Every fourth German wants to do without smartphones and co

Although it is not easy for many people to do without a smartphone, according to a new report, digital fasting is becoming increasingly popular. More than a third of the German population sees the so-called digital detox as an important and valuable topic, and one in four is seriously considering it.

Mobile phone owners activate their device over 50 times a day

Mobile phones and smartphones have become an indispensable everyday companion for many people. Especially for a large part of the younger population, life without the small devices is hardly imaginable these days. According to a study by researchers at the University of Bonn, cell phone owners activate their device an average of 53 times a day. This can have health consequences: There are indications that myopia increases due to constant smartphone use. And a study showed that such devices disrupt sleep. It is therefore gratifying that a new report has now shown that many Germans are open to a digital diet.

Negative effects on healthy sleep

As can be seen from the current report "Sleep Health in Germany" by the market research institute Ipsos on behalf of Barmer, digital fasting, i.e. the deliberate avoidance of smartphones and Co., is becoming increasingly popular.

According to a message from the health insurance company, the survey showed that 37 percent of the German population see digital detox as an important and valuable topic.

13 percent have already put it into practice, and a quarter of those surveyed are seriously considering this.

"Around a quarter of those surveyed for our report on sleep health reported sleep disorders, which is an estimated 15.3 million Germans," explains Andrea Jakob-Pannier, psychologist at Barmer.

"Many apparently want to limit their online presence because digital media and social networks affect their sleep," said the expert.

Tips for digital fasting in everyday life

The psychologist recommends developing a personal strategy for digital fasting with changes in everyday life.

This included breaks, in which the smartphone and the Internet were deliberately ignored. According to the expert, there is a way to switch on flight mode.

In addition, professional emails should not be answered during leisure time. Digital stress can be avoided if the cell phone doesn't set the pace.

It helps to prevent apps from push notifications and to ban smartphones from the dining table or from the bedroom for a night's rest.

"You should be aware of how much time the smartphone costs, and use this time at least in part analogue again," says Jakob-Pannier. (ad)

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