In our increasingly digital world, people often feel the need to disconnect from the Internet for a dose of silence and breath of fresh air. Worldcrunch has reported recent stories from Brazil to California, about the hunt for "digital detox" solutions. With the help of the Internet (!), we've tracked down five other examples of people pushing ways to get offline in a flash.
GERMANY: DETOX DINNER
German advertising magazine Horizont writes that telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom is urging customers to detox this holiday season, launching an advertising campaign that portrays a family having Christmas dinner without any technology. The advert shows a fictional family sitting down to have dinner together, after everyone has hidden or shut off their cell phone, tablet, or television.
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Deutsche Telekom management has also been pushing employees to limit their online activity, decided to stop sending emails during evenings, holidays and weekends so that employees can detox when they are not at work.
SWITZERLAND: OFFLINE BRUNCH
According to Geneva-based daily Le Temps, residents of the Swiss city seeking digital detox attended a "detox brunch" organized by a local association on Nov. 29. Hosted by a French restaurant with no WiFi connection, the event featured live music, a nursery for children and even a guarded cloakroom where visitors were encouraged to leave their cellphones and other devices.
If attendees took out their devices, others playfully called them out for being "addicts" and straying from the brunch rules. The organization behind the event, Made with Love, chose the concept of a "digital detox" brunch with the objective of bringing people closer together, away from the distractions of technology.