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[MEDIA] Talking Digital Detox with @DomCotter on @BBCGlos (prod: @knittygirl)

This morning I undertook my latest radio interview, in my Pyjamas, in bed, phone to the ear, and iPad on my lap:

Dom had tweeted earlier, to which I responded:

and then I tweeted back with my screentime on my phone (stats which I rarely look at):

Here’s the interview (thanks Carly for sending me the file), and I would have been looking back at some of my previous posts on digital detoxes:

If you want to hear the whole programme – it’s here.

And was pleased to get some comments back via Twitter:


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[MEDIA] Chatting ‘Late Night Screen Use’ with @TWRuk

Yesterday, there was a story in The Times: ‘Switch off mobiles at 10pm to prevent mood disorders‘(whole article seems to be visible without paywall). I was asked by James Maidment Fullard from TWRUK to respond to this for ‘The Front Page‘ (and was interested to see this post on The Conversation re mental health/sleeplessness.

The episode is archived on the TWR site.



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[Radio] Is technology addiction a problem, and causing conflict? Report from @DeloitteUK, with @PremierRadio

Today, a new report was released from Deloitte (BBC Report), that indicates “that one in three adults check their phone once they’ve gone to bed.”

My notes from the production team:

It is supposed to be a tool of empowerment, keeping us informed, connected and entertained. Instead, the smartphone is becoming a burden and a distraction, even in the middle of the night, according to a survey that suggests a third of British adults check their phones after they have gone to bed.

The figure is even higher among those aged 18 to 24, with half of young adults checking for messages — and one in six replying — long after they’ve turned in, according to research by Deloitte, the business advisory company.

The findings come at a time of growing concern that smartphone addiction is distorting personal relationships and sapping employee creativity, productivity and morale.

“Consumers will need to learn how best to run their lives with smartphones, as opposed to having their lives run by their devices”, Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte, said.

The survey of 4,000 British users found that one in ten smartphone owners instinctively reaches for the phone as soon as they wake up.

However, demand for digital “detox” retreats is rising and some companies are ordering employees to switch off. In France, workers have been given the right to disconnect from work emails and ignore telephone calls outside of their contracted hours, in an effort to ease pressure and offer a better work-life balance.

Ofcom researchers reported recently that 34% of internet users have taken a period of up to a month away from their devices.

I asked for a few thoughts from Facebook, made some notes:

Always important to prep well for a radio interview …

A photo posted by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on

and here’s the resulting live interview (full programme also online): 


Is a #DigitalDetox a useful idea? #DigitalParenting #PremDac16

I’ve always had an interest in positive engagement with digital, and that includes the wisdom in what to share, what to engage in, and when to take time out… we should be ‘masters’ of our machines, and not the other way around. I’ve spoken at a number of (Christian) events about this, including back in 2014 at the Premier Digital Conference:

#CNMAC14 – Digital Healthcheck with @drbexl from Bex Lewis
So I was interested to see that #DigitalDetox is trending on Twitter today, after OfCom released their Communications Market Report today, a story that has been picked up by the BBC, alongside other news/digital outlets. I thought I’d share with you an extract from my 2014 book, Raising Children in a Digital Age, related to this topic (see pp.180-181):
There’s plenty to think about in relation to our engagement with technology, and we continue to learn!