It goes without saying that our society has become completely addicted to technology. Whether they use their phones for liking pictures on Instagram or reading the news, most people cannot remember a time before this constant connection to the rest of the world. Although technology has improved modern life in many ways, it’s also had a negative effect on actual human interaction. How often do people spend dinner looking at their phones instead of conversing with their dining companions? One Pittsburgh hotel is looking to change this.
The Renaissance Fulton Pittsburgh Hotel is now offering a Digital Detox package for guests looking to take a break from their devices and recharge themselves. The package, which includes a one-night stay in a Deluxe King Riverview room, challenges guests to have device-free adventures. At check-in, guests must surrender all their electronic devices. After that, it’s up to the TV and charging station-free room.
The Renaissance provides guests with more traditional entertainment options, including cards, board games, and a stack of classic novels. In addition, they will receive vouchers for breakfast and relaxing, tech-free activities like kayaking and biking. The Renaissance also provides guests with an instant camera to capture their device-free adventures in the city.
The Digital Detox is gaining international recognition, including a piece in British tabloid The Daily Mail – and for good reason. More people are classified as “smartphone dependent” than ever before, a statistic that is likely to rise over time. This was evidenced by the struggles experienced by some of the first guests to try out the package.
Valerie Siebert, who wrote about her experience for The Daily Mail, explained that one of the biggest adjustments was not being able to rely on smartphones for directions. Siebert marked points of interest by hand on a map and wrote down addresses and phone numbers. She also found herself asking strangers for the time, as she couldn’t check on her phone. Despite these inconveniences, Siebert considered her detox a success, saying that she enjoyed learning that she could get by in modern life without any technology.
Although one day and night may not be enough to fully detox a person of their technology addiction, it’s certainly a good way to assess how dependent they really are. For those not faint of heart, the Digital Detox is currently available at the Renaissance.