THE FACTS

Are you addicted to digital? Find all the latest news and research on digital addiction and digital detoxing that we've collected here. We'll continue to add more studies as they are released. If you have found something you think may spark our interest, contact us here.

 

The rise of the digital detox 

MENTAL HEALTH problems:

More than one in ten Australians (12%) report issues with keeping up with social media networks’ as a source of stress

The first inpatient facility for treating internet addiction opened in the United States in 2013. China has also opened 300 teenage bootcamps creating a strict digital detox to deal with increasing problems of teen internet addiction.

Scientists have found a link between heavy Facebook use and depressive symptoms, including low self-esteem.

There is a strong correlation between heavy internet use and depression, with heavy users 5 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-heavy users.

A study has shown that anxiety increases as smartphone use increases.

In 2015 a study by the University of Derby found higher scores of narcissism and levels of neuroticism were linked to smartphone addiction.

BRAIN DAMAGE:

Neuroimaging research has shown that excessive screen time actually damages the brain. Structural and functional changes have been found in brain regions involving "emotional processes, executive attention, decision making and cognitive control".

 

INCREASED ADDICTION:

The average user spends 1.72 hours a day on social media alone and checks their smartphone 150 times a day.

Australian teenagers now spend more than six hours each day multi-tasking with a variety of media.

80% of smartphone users say checking their phone is the first thing they do in the morning.

When people overuse technology and are constantly connected it can create a fear of missing out (FOMO).

A 2016 study estimates that we tap, swipe and click on our devices 2,617 times each day.

In 2015 a study by the University of Derby found higher scores of narcissism and levels of neuroticism were linked to smartphone addiction.

WE'RE LOSING & WASTING TIME:

13.4 million Australians now spending 18.8 hours per day online

The Australian Communications and Media Authority showed that 87 per cent of Australians aged 18 to 24 used at least four online devices — and their elders were catching up

An Australian experiment said that after the child's digital detox, he became interested in building electrical circuits, is spending quality time with family and friends.

One experiment had one subject reflect on the pattern of behaviour he was in at home, and that finding something to replace technology assisted with the digital detox

80% of smartphone users say checking their phone is the

 

SLEEP DEPRIVATION: LOSING SLEEP AND REST

61% people check their phones within 5 minutes of waking up

13.4 million Australians now spending 18.8 hours per day online

The Australian Communications and Media Authority showed that 87 per cent of Australians aged 18 to 24 used at least four online devices — and their elders were catching up

An Australian experiment said that after the child's digital detox, he became interested in building electrical circuits, is spending quality time with family and friends.

One experiment had one subject reflect on the pattern of behaviour he was in at home, and that finding something to replace technology assisted with the digital detox

 

CHANGING THE LAW:

A French law came into effect this year mandating that businesses larger than 50 people outline when staff should and should not be sending or answering e-mails to avoid burnouts and underpaying employees for working around the clock.