Welcome to the sixth month of A Year of Living Slower, a collection of 12 monthly challenges in living better, not faster.
A Year of Living Slower started in January with tips for a calm bedtime ritual to maximise your sleep. In February, we focused on Slow Sundays and making time to practise self care. In March, we discussed slow food and seasonal eating. As Spring sprung, the challenge turned to the power of getting back to nature in April. And finally in May, we shared inspiration and ideas around slow travel, including how to get more from your trip, whether that’s going off-grid and recharging in the countryside, or practising the art of slow looking on a city break.
This month, we’re tackling tech, something that both enables and arguably complicates our lifestyles. The aim of the month is to gain a better understanding of your relationship with your phone and to know if switching off more regularly could actually help you recharge.
Talking About our Relationship with Technology
While we’re immensely privileged to live in an era of knowledge sharing and connectivity and we’re far from advocating digital luddism, we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the more negative aspects of technology. That includes, in particular, the way our 24/7 digital interconnectedness and FOMO-culture affects mental health, productivity and our relationships. Research is still developing and technology use is likely to affect us all differently, yet one thing is very clear: smartphones, social media and digital communication are a huge part of daily life and are here to stay. It’s vital that we become equipped to deal with their impact.
The following stats from Deloitte’s 2017 Global Mobile Consumer Survey highlight how reliant we have become on screens and are a good place to start when considering your own screen time:
- 34% of UK adults check their phones within five minutes of waking up.
- 53% of 16-75-year olds use phones while walking and 11% would continue doing so as they cross the road.
- 78% of us use our phones in the hour before going to bed, jeopardising our sleep quality due to blue light exposure.
If you’re fed up with wasting time on your phone, join us in June and start exploring the concepts of slow tech and digital detox.