New resarch has uncovered some really interesting insights into the day to day activities which bring us closer to the real world and make us ultimately happier.
Recently we have seen a rise in young people wanting to print images they have taken or received on SnapChat for example and other social platforms. Millennials clearly want to turn something that was meant to be transient, into something that exists in the real world which they can keep forever. It certainly seems that people in general want to get back to basics and start living and experience life in the real world.
Interestingly, a UK wide study for Popsa via online polling company Ginger Research has revealed as many as 66 percent of the nation feel frustrated with the online world, and are actively seeking more “authentic” experiences, with meeting people for coffee face to face, going to the cinema with friends and listening to vinyl or CDs among the list of ways to embrace reality.
Printing photos out and putting them in frames, using a real calendar rather than your phone, reading newspapers and magazines and going clothes shopping with ones besties or family also emerged as ways Brits are enjoying a digital detox, according to the survey.
And according to the findings, the resurgence is not just among the older generation, with as many as 67 percent of 18-29-year olds claiming they too are becoming tired of the transient nature of social media and the online world.
Overall, as many as 83 percent of those who took part in the study, said they were desperate to spend more time in the real world, with 90 percent claiming real life experiences make them happier and more fulfilled than online ones.
A further 22 percent of the 2,000 Brits surveyed, said they notice a marked improvement with their relationships, when they make the effort to spend less time staring at a screen, and many also mentioned they felt it was sad that many people now take pictures to show off online, rather than to really treasure memories.
According to the study, 77 percent of us have now managed to get our daily internet hours down to just THREE a day, however sadly, ten percent still spend as many as ten hours of every day in the online world.
The study found that over two thirds of people are determined to cut down on the time they spend online, while a quarter are already starting to spend more time in the real world. Regionally, the biggest digital detoxes are happening in Belfast, Leicester and Bristol.