How do you know you need a tech detox? Probably when you're spending more time checking your twitter feed than talking to other, real life, people. Being too plugged in has disadvantages beyond your social life. Being totally immersed in tech can lead digital mutlitaskers to have more fractured thinking and trouble shutting out irrelevant information, even when you're are offline. So whats the cure? How about a weekend stay at one of these nationwide "digital detox" hotels? It could actually save you money!
KIll two birds with one stone—and save a few stones while you're at it.
Hotels around the country are offering "digital detox" discount packages for their lodgers. If you're willing to unplug for a while, you could walk away with a small discount (up to 15 percent) on your hotel room.
The Wall Street Journal covers this growing trend at hotels:
Typically, [the hotel staff] ask travelers to surrender their electronic devices upon check-in. In return, concierges provide them with old-fashioned diversions, from board games to literary classics. (Most, but not all, also yank TV sets and telephones from "detox" rooms.)
Does it help wean the gadget obsessed off their wires? Not for any of the folks profiled in the WSJ. One hotel stayer woke up disoriented without her iPhone. Another said he just went back to the same habits when he got back home, checking his email 50 to 100 times each day.
But one thing a digital detox can do for you? Tell you if your tech addition is curable. If you give it a try and wake up with iPhone withdrawls, you'll know it's impossible for you to drop your smartphone for good. But the break could also show you that you're a lot less stressed and strung out when you're off the grid.
If you're interested in taking your own digital detox trip, ask around at hotels in the area if they offer a "digital detox" or "technology break" package. (Some spots mentioned by the WSJ? The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, the Hotel Monaco Chicago, The Quincy in Washington, D.C., the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Teton Village, Wyo., or the Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y.)