in the futuristic cyberpunk William Gibson and where it does not really live, there was talk in 1981 of the NAS? or Nerve Attenuation Syndrome ? Following a disease well tortured mind of a crazy author and caused by overexposure of the subject to information technology. In 2008, there has emerged a new pathology: the NOMOPHOBIA. It is the excessive fear of being removed from his cell phone. Hello anguish. In China, where there is not really focused on fun, it has opened the Internet addiction treatment centers for young people “in distress”. Strangely Moreover, Chinese medicine looks the same for anything that may well be a problem for youth: a closed militarized camp, close combat, with periods of confinement for six months, because you never know. And if it was not going too far? And if, finally, the real solution did not come from an awareness of our relationship to machines and digital communication in particular?

How do digital detox?

Avouons- it, we all one day found in the living room with family and friends, our nose in our phone or tablet into a religious absolute silence. And if that’s not your case, it does not matter. You are probably still in denial, it will come. But for those who are conscious of having a more than excessive compared to digital, there are solutions, such as digital detox, or Digital Detox , since it is a concept that comes from beyond -Atlantic. The idea is simple: from a few days in a nice place, more or less cut off from the world and abandon any idea of ​​digital connection through the door. Simple, effective, promising anyway!

But then, if you wait for a “digital detox” that make you in three days the Zen master of the tablet, the Yoda of the social network, you are very wrong. And if that’s what they sell you long Web page: courage, flee. This type of experience can only be the prelude to a daily work, an awareness of how we understand the new technologies. Pierre Massot, manager of The Castle Gravel, a guest house in the heart of the Médoc (south-west France) and proposes, among other well-being workshops, such digital detox stay.

According to him, the approach of the digital-scarecrow, scourge of modern life, is absolutely wrong. “Digital is not perceived as an evil in itself. It is an evolution of our world. We must adapt, he says. Our offer is for people to report to machines causes some pain. It is the men and women who are aware of a certain unease when, for example, they no longer have their mobile in the pocket, and began a voluntary approach to alienate. . ”

Needless to seek a quick solution to your addiction to digital briquette that vibrates in your pocket, then. At the castle, Pierre Massot and his wife work mainly on two axes. Once digital objects locked away for the duration of the stay, they “offer activities that can not feel the lack caused by the lack of digital devices. We enjoy it for an ideal setting, suitable for calm and to relax. We organize walks in the surrounding vineyards, massage sessions “. Alas, many offers Digital Detox end there. Considering that the only contact with nature and a certain form of recreation can prevent to plunge nose in its tablet once back at home. The somewhat serious therapies provide a groundwork for a return to the digital life, history of taking important good habits. “We also organize more personalized interviews, explains Pierre Massot, in order to raise awareness that there is an emotional mechanism that makes them focus on their device rather than anything else. This touches, in a sense, personal development. ”

Regaining control

According to our interlocutor, the visitors of the feedback is positive. “In fact, people’s reactions encourage us to persevere in this direction. ” The awareness of our complicated relationships screens is still timid in our society and digital detox is struggling to make a path. But the castle The Gravel continues, encouraged by his field results. According to Pierre Massot, “there really is a wellness, with lasting results. This is such a person who will stop sleeping with the TV on, which will store his smartphone at the bottom of his bag during a lunch, etc. ”

And it’s true that our relationship to digital is complicated. Basically, do not hide the fact that there is a real disposition to digital. When we mechanically grabbed his smartphone because a notification has done beeping, to whom one obeys really? Which order? Of course, one could ignore the message has just happened, but if it was something important? Such as a kitten video or text message with as many smileys as spelling mistakes … and it may not go by arranging with the connected objects multitude ahead. “Make sport!” Shouts the health bracelet. “Roule more slowly!” Is the connected car insurance package, “or you pay for this!”. Soon, connected fork will say “eat less fast!” toothbrush howl to death if you did not apply to your morning duty. In this digital future, which obeys whom? Perhaps it is time to review our relationship with machines, to stop wearing a t-shirt with “Obey” written in big letters on it, and if the first step is a digital detox stay in the middle of nowhere, and ! well, so be it

Five good habits to reconcile with the digital

– Turn off the phone, or tablet one hour before go to bed. Some advocate a digital curfew with extinction wi-fi spent some time but it’s probably going too far: everyone does not set at the same time

– Put his laptop to sleep. when you eat with someone. It may seem the least polite, yet who never consulted a text message in the middle of a conversation? What message does this send to his vis-à-vis once you do that

– No table TV. Although this behavior typical of the 1990s is probably disappearing, there are still people who eat their pasta before the suicide attacks of the news stories. Without being a doctor, we doubt it aids digestion

. – Warning to the orgy of connected objects. Under the pretext of making life easier, many of them require additional and regular attention. Avoid multiplying recklessly

. – Disconnect. Digital is so rooted in our developed world that exists today in the United States, a National Day of Unplugging day, scheduled for March 4, for the fans! Some more ambitious mandate a day without screen a week.

By Benoit Dupont