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Words in the news: Detox

22/08/20142 minute read


Do you sleep with your smartphone or tablet by your bedside? Do you check your email, Facebook page or Instagram the moment you wake up? Do your family members implore you to look up from your phone?

You might need a digital detox.

Constant use of email, social media and constant news feeds can be damaging to one’s health, according to several recent studies. Internet addiction disorder is now a recognised problem. Indeed, when frequent internet users turn off their devices, they undergo withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug users, according to a 2013 study at Swansea and Milan Universities.

But what if you simply can’t muster the personal willpower to take even a day or two away from your screens? You’re not alone — and plenty of businesses are looking to capitalise on your digital dependence. From weekend detox courses in the countryside to remote farms in the Philippines and even tech-free urban retreats, dozens of getaways have sprung up around the globe to help people kick the device habit, at least temporarily.

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A detox is the process of removing harmful substances from your body by only eating and drinking particular things.

1. Drug detox programmes will be extended to the third of addicted prisoners not currently treated.

2. So what is body detox diet really all about?

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