U4D have been hard at work raising money for charity by completing a digital detox. They were sponsored for going without phones, computers and other screens for as long as possible. Between them they have raised an outstanding £611 which will be split between their chosen charities Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Down’s Syndrome association. The detox was chosen to raise the money after PSHE lessons looking at how long everyone was spending on electronics.
According to ‘It’s Time to Log off’:
- UK adults spend an average of 8 hours 41 minutes a day on screens (more time than they are asleep).
- We now spend an average of a day a week online.
- UK children spend 6 1/2 hours a day on screens.
- The average user logs 15 hours a day on social media alone – up from 1.5 hours in 2012.
- And checks their smartphone every 12 minutes.
- A 2016 study estimates that we tap, swipe and click on our devices 2,617 times each day.
- 69% of UK children say their parents spend too much time on their mobile device at home.
- UK adults now spend a total of 25 hours a week online – up from 9 hours a week in 2005.
At King’s, the longest anyone managed was 190 hours. There are only 17 children in the form so they each had to raise a significant sum of money.
Quotes from the form:
Ben – “I found that it was fun to do. During it I played board games and slept a lot too. The digital detox felt hard but it was also enjoyable.”
Joe – “While I was doing it I had fun but I found I got very bored in short amounts of time. During the detox I played footy, monopoly, went on dog walks and, of course, I ate.”
Lucy – “I found the digital detox quite hard because I am so used to using my phone to help me with things. I walked my dog and did a lot of drawing while I was bored.”