Su­per-cof­fee, dig­i­tal detoxes, fer­mented food… The lat­est head­line-grab­bing trends prom­ise amaz­ing re­sults, but do they re­ally de­liver? Don’t worry, we can help you sort the facts from the fic­tion

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Editor’s Letter -

Sort­ing fact from fic­tion


As the down­sides of screen time rack up, the detox move­ment is grow­ing – you can go it alone or book on to any­thing from a short work­shop to a week-long dig­i­tal detox re­treat. Hardly sur­pris­ing when UK adults now have a daily av­er­age of eight hours 41 min­utes screen time; more than a third of us have checked Face­book in the last 10 min­utes and 47% of us miss out on sleep thanks to in­ter­net us­age. Re­search has linked heavy in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia use with con­cen­tra­tion prob­lems, de­pres­sion, so­cial iso­la­tion and even changes in brain func­tion. ‘Iron­i­cally, the tech­nol­ogy de­signed to im­prove con­nec­tions with other peo­ple is mak­ing us less so­cial,’ says Tanya Goodin, founder of dig­i­tal detox move­ment Time To Log Off (it­stime­tol­o­goff.com). If go­ing cold turkey feels too much, take small steps. ‘Leave your phone be­hind when you pop out to the shops; buy an alarm clock and keep your bed­room tech­nol­ogy-free. At the very least, if you spend your work time on screens, avoid them when you come home.’

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