For many people, the first thing they look at in the morning, and the last thing they look at at night, is their mobile phone. A train journey without a smartphone is barely imaginable. They'll even get it out several times during a meal to make sure they've not missed anything important, and keep it in constant reach so they're available any time, any place.
It's time for all that to stop. The digital detox movement, originating in the United States, encourages people to go offline to rid themselves of digital "toxins".
The best time to do without your mobile is at the weekend or on vacation. To make sure you don't annoy your friends and family you should warn them in advance that you'll be abstaining from digital. Leave an email absence message, change your status on social media, or leave a message on your answering machine. If you want to ensure you won't yield to the temptation of using your smartphone during your holidays, there are now even companies offering special digital detox vacations.
But reducing your smartphone use to a reasonable level doesn't always have to mean total abstinence. Like a diet, it can also lead to a yo-yo effect. What's more important is changing your everyday habits.