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Digital Detox 

Digital Detox

From: John L Myers
Length: 05:55

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Spending too much time on Facebook or compulsively checking your smartphone might seem innocuous. But, as more people find it difficult to put their devices down, the idea of getting some help in order to ditch the digital world, if only temporarily - is gaining traction. John Myers tells us about a growing trend known as digital detox.

Digitaldetoxanalogzone_small The medical community is starting to take internet addiction more seriously. The American Psychiatric Association plans to include “Internet Use Disorder” (that’s the official medical term) in the appendix of their manual of mental disorders, the DSM. And so, if technology is the new addiction, then digital detox is the new rehab. And yes, there are hotels that offer digital detox rooms and even tech-free public spaces. But for those that need a little more help unplugging, there are digital detox retreats. That’s where Brenda Campbell and her husband [Kord Campbell] ended up. They found a retreat in Northern California.

We'll hear the Campbell's story and talk to the creators of the digital detox retreat they attended.  And we'll hear from the manager of a hotel in Pittsburgh who created a digital detox special.  Also Psychologist Kelly McGonigal tells us why smartphones are so addictive and what the consequences of their overuse might be.

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The medical community is starting to take internet addiction more seriously. The American Psychiatric Association plans to include “Internet Use Disorder” (that’s the official medical term) in the appendix of their manual of mental disorders, the DSM. And so, if technology is the new addiction, then digital detox is the new rehab. And yes, there are hotels that offer digital detox rooms and even tech-free public spaces. But for those that need a little more help unplugging, there are digital detox retreats. That’s where Brenda Campbell and her husband [Kord Campbell] ended up. They found a retreat in Northern California.

We'll hear the Campbell's story and talk to the creators of the digital detox retreat they attended.  And we'll hear from the manager of a hotel in Pittsburgh who created a digital detox special.  Also Psychologist Kelly McGonigal tells us why smartphones are so addictive and what the consequences of their overuse might be.

Broadcast History

Aired twice on WHYY's "Just You Wait" - Jan 5th & 7th, 2013

Transcript

JM:
Brenda and Kord Campbell started out like a lot of couples. High-school sweethearts from Oklahoma. They got married, had a couple of kids and moved to California to be closer to the tech industry. Their use of electronic gadgets started out innocently enough. An iPad in the bedroom, a laptop at the dinner table. But slowly they became the poster-family for digital overload. They were profiled in the New York Times and on ABC News. Brenda knew they were in trouble.

[Brenda Campbell]
You know, I realized that a lot of nights I’d be standing in the kitchen cooking dinner by myself. Our son was off playing a game. Our daughter was watching a show on the iPad. And then Kord was in working.

JM
In his home-office Kord Campbell was surrounded by a semi-circle of computer monitors.

[Kord Campbell]
Oh god yeah. There was a ton of friction in the marriage.

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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Spending too much time on Facebook or compulsively checking your smartphone might seem innocuous. But, as more people find it difficult to put their devices down, the idea of getting some help in order to ditch the digital world, if only temporarily - is gaining traction. John Myers tells us about a growing trend known as digital detox.

OUTRO:

John Myers is a producer for NPR's Fresh Air. To learn more about digital detox, visit our website ______ .

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Additional Credits

Produced by John L. Myers
http://www.johnlmyers.com/

Related Website

http://whyy.org/cms/justyouwait/2013/01/05/hello-world/