Technology stops us from enjoying life, survey reveals

technology is ruining the pleasures of life, says survey

More than three-quarters of Brits believe that technology has had a detrimental effect on their day-to-day life, says research out today.

Holiday company Camping in the Forest surveyed people across the UK and found that the overwhelming majority felt they had lost the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Two-fifths (38 per cent) are concerned that the more technology takes off, the less happy they'll become. And a massive 84 per cent long for the 'good old days' when life was much simpler.

And online communication has caused people to be far more anti-social, the survey adds. A quarter of consumers admit they no longer talk when in restaurants and pubs, as they are glued to their phones. The study also reveals that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) have fallen into the trap of updating what they're doing on social media rather than actually doing it.

The nation's appetite for all things techno leaves very little time for family fun, with half of Brits admitting they hardly ever spend time with their loved ones without some type of technology, phones, computers or tablets involved.

Relentless pressures of work and the lack of escapism due to smart technology are the main reasons people are switching off from the world.

The research also reveals that although 95 per cent of people think it's important to spend time outdoors, connecting with Mother Nature – two thirds (66 per cent) say they don't have time to spend with nature.

Camping in the Forest asked 1,000 UK men and women what they most yearn to reconnect with. Top of the list was walking (52 per cent), followed by spending time in the Great British outdoors (49 per cent), reading (38 per cent) and enjoying time with wildlife (30 per cent).

Bob Hill, Sites Director at Camping in the Forest, comments: "The reality is that, by our very human nature, we all need time to switch off, unwind and just be among those we love. If we fail to do so, we risk not only losing the art of conversation and building proper relationships, but our overall well-being.

Chris Packham, TV presenter and naturalist adds: "Britain boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the world, which people travel far and wide to see, so it is a travesty that British people aren't making the most of it. Our message is simple: turn the computer off, leave the phone at home, and get camping – not only will it help you reconnect with your loved ones and nature, but you'll be sure to create memories that'll last a lifetime and will never be forgotten."

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