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A call for Cantabrians to put down their screens

5 September 2016

A call for Cantabrians to put down their screens

All Right? is calling on all Cantabrians to step away from their screens and take part in New Zealand’s first city-wide Digital Detox.

The Digital Detox will be held between 10am and 2pm on Sunday, 2 October 2016.

Sue Turner, All Right? manager, says it’s a chance for Cantabrians to disconnect and reconnect.

“While being online can be a great way to learn and connect, it can also be a challenge to get the balance right.”

According to research company Nielsen a massive 3.1 million New Zealanders spend 16 hours online every week, and 70% of us now own a mobile device.

“For most of us, unplugging completely is unrealistic. Sometimes there are simply calls to take, texts or emails to answer and moments we want to capture,” says Sue.

“The challenge is learning to embrace technology, while not letting it take over every minute. In short, how can we switch off and recharge?”

To encourage us to think about how we’re using technology, All Right? is asking Cantabrians to sign up to the Digital Detox.

“The Digital Detox is not about throwing our phones away or swearing off technology for good. It’s simply a chance to take a break, do something fun and find the balance that feels just right,” says Sue.

All Right? will be hosting a walk through the Botanic Gardens, the All Right? Amble, where people can check in their phones and enjoy some screen free time in one of the most beautiful places in Christchurch.



All Right? strategist Ciaran Fox says small breaks away from technology can have big benefits.

“Being away from our screen allows us to slow down and focus on the things that matter most. It can free us up to do the things that really matter, like enjoying the outdoors, spending time with the wh?nau, or giving something new a go.”

“Doing these things can lead to lower stress levels, improved relationships, and improved overall wellbeing,” says Ciaran.

Anyone can sign up for the All Right? Digital Detox at www.allright.org.nz


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