'Digital detox' holidays where you ditch your phone can make you enjoy your ...

'Digital detox' holidays where you ditch your phone let you enjoy your trip MORE 'because you won't be bombarded by notifications' Researchers asked 24 volunteers going on holiday to limit their access to tech This meant them cutting back on using their phone, maps and social media  All of the two dozen participants were asked to share their emotion changes Scientists found they initially showed signs of anxiety and withdrawal symptoms But most ended up showing signs of acceptance, enjoyment and even liberation

By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline

Published: 14:42 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 14:43 BST, 14 August 2019

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The idea of leaving smartphones behind from a digital-detox holiday may seem impossible for some.

But a scientific study suggests the initial anxiety of ditching technology is soon replaced by benefits - including the feeling of 'liberation'.

Researchers asked 24 volunteers - all were millennials except for two - who were going on holiday to limit their access to tech.

The idea of leaving smartphones behind from a digital-detox holiday may seem impossible for some. But a scientific study suggests the initial anxiety of ditching technology is soon replaced by benefits - including the feeling of 'liberation'

The idea of leaving smartphones behind from a digital-detox holiday may seem impossible for some. But a scientific study suggests the initial anxiety of ditching technology is soon replaced by benefits - including the feeling of 'liberation'

This meant them cutting back on using their phone, laptops, tablets and services that come with them, including maps and social media.

All of them were asked to share their emotion changes when scrapping their digital lifestyles. 

The scientists, involving two British universities, found participants initially showed signs of anxiety, frustration and even withdrawal symptom.

Those who travelled to urban destinations were more likely to experience anxieties and frustrations due to lack of navigation, the team said.

The urban travellers also said they struggled with the lack of instant information access and digital word-of-mouth recommendation seeking.

While people in rural and natural destinations felt withdrawal symptoms related to being unable to report safety or kill time.

However, most of the travellers ended up showing signs of acceptance, enjoyment and even liberation, according to the findings.  

They also found that they learned more about sights, places and beaches because they were forced to talk to other travellers, especially locals.

ARE YOU ADDICTED TO YOUR SMARTPHONE?

If you answer yes to the majority of the researchers' questions, below, you might use your phone too much.

Do friends or relatives complain about excessive use?Do you have problems concentrating in class or at work due to smartphone use?Do you feel fretful or impatient without your smartphone?Do you feel the amount of time you are on it has increased over time?Are you missing work due to smartphone use?Are you experiencing physical consequences of excessive use, such as light-headedness or blurred vision?

Most of the participants disconnected for more than 24 hours, researchers wrote in the Journal of Travel Research.

And travellers who were part of a couple or

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