Are You Suffering From Digital Fatigue?

Are You Suffering Digital Fatigue?

We live in an era of unprecedented technology, with digital items to help improve your life found everywhere from a smart phone to an alarm clock to smart devices that control the temperature of your home. But with this incredibly rise, does this mean that we are also suffering from digital fatigue?

It’s become more common than ever for people to rely on technology today, it could be hard to imagine life without the internet for example or even your smart phone. But are we becoming more fatigued of digital devices the more integrated they become with our lives?

Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa turning on your lights or changing your music might have been relegated to the realm of science fiction 15 years ago, but for many households it’s just a normal part of life. The ability to control the temperature of your home from an app on your phone or tablet gives homeowners the option to reduce their bills, proving that they can also help in other areas of life.

UK Consumers Becoming Tired

Despite the convenience that these devices provide us in our daily lives, the sheer abundance of them can have the opposite effect. A survey produced by EY saw the opinions of 2,500 UK consumers queried and 41% saying that they actively sought time away from their Internet-enabled devices.

This is perhaps unsurprising, given that the ready availability of the internet means that we can access news, film and quicker than ever. In fact, over half (56%) of UK households admitted to spending more time on the internet than they did watching TV, which was a 7% increase since 2016.

It is not translating into a need for new gadgets however, with less households reporting that they are interested in newer gadgets and that they tended to buy them first. In fact, only 29% said this when compared to 34% in 2016, showing that we are perhaps approaching a digital plateau.

The Resurgence Of Non-Tech?

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, non-technology can be seen to be having a resurgence in many different forms. While many digital devices can be incredibly useful, there are plenty of items that can be used in their place to prevent digital fatigue.

Consider perhaps a simple alarm clock instead of relying on your smartphone or a fancy digital clock. Or perhaps go back to making your notes in a notebook with a pen instead of making them on a tablet or laptop. Cloud based services are great for ensuring that you can always access your notes, but there is less chance of physical notes getting accidentally deleted or lost forever. This could also be the reason behind the increasing sales of fountain pens across the world.

It might also be advisable to set a specific time to switch your phone off for the night, allowing you to cut off from the addictive nature of social media and the internet. Use the time to read a book, a newspaper or perhaps even play a game, it can help reduce your reliability on the digital world.

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