Camping: The Perfect Digital Detox for Teenagers

Technology is everywhere, and let’s face it, we rely on it for pretty much everything these days. It’s tough to imagine life without our gadgets! Thanks to our smartphones, we’re always just a tap away from endless info and staying connected around the clock. However, like all good things, there’s a flip side, and it’s our teens who are being affected the most.

Social media has skyrocketed in recent years, with more than half of teenagers in the U.K. admitting they feel addicted to social media, according to data from the Millennium Cohort Study. More and more research is pointing to a strong correlation between phone and social media usage and an increase in levels of poor mental health in adolescents.

In Jonathan Haidt’s book The Anxious Generation, he reveals there is a tangible connection between screen time and mental well-being, as it claims “nearly 40 per cent of teenage girls who spend over five hours on social media a day have been diagnosed with clinical depression.”

So how can we turn this around and protect the next generation?

The Green Parent recently wrote a ‘Guide to Digital Wellbeing for Teenagers’, asking Tania Goodin, a digital detox expert, what can be done to help parents of screen-obsessed teens.

A key point Goodin mentioned was, “Parents should try to model the behaviour they’d like to see. It’s really hard for parents to ask their children to play their instrument or go outside if the children can see that the parent can’t put their device down.

This is where we believe we can help.

Camping is the perfect way for everyone in the family to have an easy and pain-free digital detox. All the benefits and all the fun included.

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Here are the most compelling reasons why teenagers and adults alike should experience a digital detox in the woods:

Physical Benefits: 
  • Improved Physical Health: Get stuck in and go on a long woodland walk, run, or bike to promote physical fitness and overall health.
  • Exposure to Nature: Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improve overall mood. The British Heart Foundation said research has proven that even being in nature for 20 minutes significantly lowers cortisol levels.
  • Better Sleep: Natural light helps regulate sleep patterns, which equals better and longer sleep!

 

Mental Benefits:
  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Being away from devices can lower both stress and anxiety and give teens a break from the constant notifications and social media pressures.
  • Mindfulness and Presence: Camping promotes mindfulness as it encourages teens to focus on their present surroundings and have real-world experiences.
  • Appreciate Nature: Spending time in natural settings can foster a deeper appreciation for the environment and a desire to protect it. It also helps us gain a new perspective about what is truly important in our world.
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Social Benefits:
  • Strengthened Relationships: Camp with family or friends and engage in more meaningful face-to-face interactions over real-life experiences.
  • Improved Communication Skills: Engage in conversation over the fire, go on walks, and ask questions you’ve never thought of. Without having the constant entertainment of our phones, we can improve communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Teamwork: Camping requires a team! Set up the tent, cook on the fire, go on an expedition, and learn how to be a great teammate.
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Fun:
  • Unique Experiences: Camping offers unique adventures and experiences that are different from everyday digital life, creating lasting memories.
  • Exploration and Discovery: Discover the wonders of nature you may not even have known about! There is plenty of adventure to be had here.
  • Sense of Achievement: That feeling of completing a huge woodland hike or setting up the best campsite fort is like none other. The sense of achievement can help boost teens’ self-esteem when they return.

 

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A break from constant screen time can do teens a world of good. Taking time away from technology and social media can reset a teen’s relationship with their phones, leading to healthier digital habits in the long run.

 

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