It's no surprise that technology has had a profound and lasting impact on our generation. At this point, I think it's safe to say that we are irreversibly and totally obsessed with our gadgets.
Don't believe me? Just look at a couple of staggering numbers. Data from Media Technology Monitor shows that young adults are using their smartphone on average for 262 minutes a day on the average. That is an increase of percent year over year.
Just to break it down in a more digestible way, 262 minutes is about twelve short 22-minute episodes of Friends or The Simpsons. That's a lot of phone time, just in one day. Imagine what you could accomplish if you just invested that time in a more productive activity?
Now I'm not trying to make you feel bad, we are all guilty of this. And the creators of Camp Reset - a new " immersive digital detox" camp in Ontario - also agree that this is an issue.
Camp Reset wants you to "unplug, reclaim your presence and play hard"
Located in the beautiful wilderness of Haliburton County Ontario, this summer camp for adults is not only about ditching your phone for the weekend, but about being playful and stepping out of your day-to-day life for a weekend.
One of the core guidelines of Camp Reset is "no real names". When you arrive you're required to adopt a nickname. You can basically be whoever you want to be for the weekend.
Also, another core guideline is "no work talk". Meaning you'll be around a bunch of new faces but you're encouraged not to ask them "so what do you do". A weekend at Camp Reset is all about connecting with people on a totally different level than what we are used to in our normal and routine lives.
The weekend at Camp Reset unfolds over the course of four days and runs from August 30th to September 2nd.
And for those of you who went to summer camp, this setting is very nostalgic. Participants stay in cabins of approximately 12 people and share bunk beds, just like kids do when they are at summer camp.
Activities are also scheduled and organized. Some traditional "camp like" activities, but other more non-traditional and adult-like ones too like workshops on intimacy and connection.
That said, for those who are a bit wary of going cold turkey with your phone; the camp knows that just cutting yourself off for a weekend won't solve the issue of tech dependence. SO they are promoting mindful tech use, rather than total disconnection.
You are allowed to check your phone, text, and e-mail, but during designated times only. Or you can go totally phone-free, it's really up to you.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing check out Camp Resets official website HERE for FAQs, info, and details on how to register.