A THIRD of all Britons are desperate for a digital and video gaming detox this January according to new research
Researchers have found we’re increasingly getting fed-up of our addictions to both mobile phones and console games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fortnite and Red Dead Redemption 2.
And now millions of us are looking to curb our play time and switch to old fashioned board games as a result of excessive use over the festive and New Year period.
A study by Instax revealed the nation is suffering from tech fatigue, with a third of Brits (34%) admitting that they are planning to reduce their screen time and undergo a digital detox as part of their New Year’s resolutions in 2019.
The research, by the instant photography company, revealed that almost two in five Brits (42%) would like to participate in more activities that allow them to take time out from digital devices in 2019.
While 41% of the nation spend up to four hours each day staring at a screen when they’re not at work, a quarter of people regret missing out on a special moment because they were engrossed in their tech.
The nation’s relationship with technology day-to-day seems to be worsening.
Three in five people in Britain (61%) admit they have felt isolated due to the amount of time they spend on devices.
Almost one in five Brits (18%) are looking to take a break from the internet, with over a quarter of the nation (26%) pledging to spend more time with their loved ones.
Half (50%) of 18-24 year olds also plan to reduce their screen time in favour of a digital detox, showing a shift away from what’s been coined the ‘connected generation’.
The trend in digital detox is seeing a move towards retro activities and pastimes.
The data showed Millennials to be the biggest fans of board games with almost half (43%), showing a rise in off-line gaming.
This age group, 18-24, were also the most likely to take pictures with instant cameras (32%), while Brits aged 55 and above were most likely to listen to vinyl records (18%) and the radio (74%) to unwind offline.
Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos, Consumer and Business Psychology at UCL, said: “For many of us it seems impossible to avoid technology.
“Our lives are full of screens, from a computer at work to a TV at home.
“In fact, most of us carry a screen around in our pocket all day.
“After the link was made between screen glow and sleep challenges, people are becoming increasingly aware of the other problems faced by many at the hands of technology.
“As a result, one in five people are looking to take a break from the online world.
“Unplugging from your devices can be refreshing; it gives you a chance to focus on things you may not have done before, such as picking up a camera to capture a moment or inviting friends round for a board game.
“Much like a muscle, the brain needs time to recover too in order to grow.
“So, it is essential to give your brain the break it deserves and, make you feel closer to others and more present.”
Karina Thomsen, of Fujifilm instax, said:
“We recognise the UK’s increasing desire to break free of constant connectivity and detox from the digital world.
“We encourage people to take their memories offline and turn them into something tangible.
“This is attributing to the popularity of instant cameras, which hark back to a time when technology wasn’t essential, and you could genuinely live in the moment.
“In 2019, we will continue to challenge this idea through our social events, inspiring the nation to put their phones away and experience moments in new and exciting ways.”