From 1992, when the first smartphone was developed, and 2007, when the first iPhone hit the market, to today’s plethora of options when it comes to mobile devices of all kinds, there has been a noticeable uptrend—starting in the early 2000s—in our consumption of social media, our app usage, and our need for the latest and greatest in new technology. We live connected to our devices, and we are constantly worried about being up-to-date about what is happening online at all times—so much so that we sometimes neglect our real lives. It’s hard to acknowledge that we might be losing control and that we have reached a point in which our internet addiction might be affecting our mental health.
How are social media and the internet affecting mental health?
In a recent study, the University of Michigan found that the use of social media may “reflect and amplify the levels of narcissism." Further research conducted by the University of California concluded that the use of phones and laptops disrupts sleep cycles, which leads to sleep disorders.
It doesn’t stop there, however; spending so much time on our devices has more of an impact on our brains than we think. So much so, in fact, that we’ve come up with new buzzwords, practices, and trends to help us modify our dependence or cut it out entirely.
More and more people are consciously disconnecting from social media and technology to do what is now widely known as a "digital detox." It has become so common that designated digital detox retreats, hotels, and camps are popping up and rapidly gaining popularity. With getaways specifically designed to help you disconnect from your mobile devices on the rise, why not try going technology-free on your next glamping adventure?
What are the benefits of a glamping digital detox?
Glamping is all about being outdoors in a natural setting. With thousands of secluded accommodations in nature—without having to sacrifice any amenities—the last thing you’ll want to do is go online. Here are some ways glamping is ideal for a digital detox.
1. It brings you closer to nature
There is no place in the world where you can find more peace than in nature. Switch off from social media and enjoy the feeling. It is proven that nature has a positive impact on our well-being. Nature heals, it reduces anger, fear, stress, and anxiety.
2. The human connection has a stronger signal
When in the wild, who needs Wi-Fi? Time spent in nature improves the personal and human connection you have with yourself, your friends and family, and fellow travelers you meet along the way. Without the distraction of your smartphone, you naturally will make space to engage with others, strengthen your bonds with people and nature, and interact with your surrounding environment.
3. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed
Looking at a screen before bedtime tricks your brain into thinking it needs to stay awake, and it prevents melatonin from being released. Without any devices around, all you need to worry about is gazing at the stars above as you fall asleep—guaranteeing you a wonderful night of rest and relaxation!
4. Re-learn how to live in the moment
Checking your social media, email, and other apps takes up so much of our time—so much so that a break from checking them will make you realize just how much time you were wasting refreshing your screen. You’ll naturally start to pay better attention to what is going on around you at any given moment and start to pick up sights, scents, sounds, and sensations you were previously ignoring.
5. Enjoy time for personal growth
Without the need to check your phone every two seconds, you’ll be able to focus on you—allowing yourself to have new experiences and try new things. Try your hand at an outdoor activity that you’ve never done before, like stand-up paddleboarding. Challenge yourself to finish two books over the course of a week. Make a new recipe for the first time. The world is your oyster, and you owe it to yourself to have space and time for personal growth.
Can’t head out on a trip right now? Create an outdoor glamping experience in your backyard with this fun party idea. Make sure you have everyone leave their cell phones in a bowl at the door for the perfect day of disconnecting!