Digital detox for the holidays: are we addicted?
KünyeEMEK, M. (2014). Digital detox for the holidays: are we addicted?. In KERDPITAK, C. , BENABDELHAFID, A., KEUER, K., NARTEA, G. (eds.). Proceedings of European Academic Conference on Business Tourism & Apply Sciences in Europe & America 2014 “International Conference on Tourism Transport & Technology ICTTT 2014”, 1-3 August 2014. United Kingdom, The Brunel University.
Invention of Internet and usage of smart phones and tablets has changed our life style in last 15 years. Some applications are life saving tools for smart phone addicted consumers. According to a survey, at the end of 2015 mobile Internet users will take over desktop Internet users. Smart phones are an inseparable part of our life. People on holiday want a stress free period during their journey. We all desire a wonderful holiday as a gift to ourselves. Why do people go on holiday? Businessman and women go on holiday as a break from their normal duties due to the health consequences posed with failure to break. On the other hand, families and other individuals go on holidays for reasons such as relaxation and adventures among others. Since we use smart devices often, we take them with us on holiday and often use them as a communication, entertainment tool during our holiday. What happens if we do not use our smart devices during our holiday? Can we survive or not? Digital detox holiday provides a chance to decrease stress and focus on social interaction in the real world.Some hotels realized that they may offer digital free environment for the guests and this may attract some customers to the digital detox hotels. On the other hand, acceptance of this idea for a community will not be easy. The aim of this paper is to discuss a new travel trend that nearly rejects the digital life during a holiday and focus on individual needs rather than virtual environment.