Reconnect offline?

By disconnecting from technology, we give ourselves an opportunity to reconnect

We all know the benefits of switching off while you are on holiday, but the question is, would you be prepared to go offline even once a month? Jeff Topping / The National
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Many of us have less down time than ever. Communication technologies have overtaken our lives and left us hooked on sending text messages and emails, and accessing social media at all hours of the day and night. We also now tend to sleep less, work longer, suffer more from stress and find the line between work and leisure increasingly blurred.

A digital detox may seem impossible for tech addicts to contemplate, but sometimes going off the grid should be encouraged. For example, as The National’s Frank Kane noted yesterday, sometimes you can end up in a part of the world which is unintentionally off the internet, forcing you to slow down and do things differently.

We all know the benefits of switching off while you are on holiday, but the question is, would you be prepared to go offline once a month or even once in a while and reconnect with your social network in more traditional ways?