Are you in need of a digital detox or digital boost?

08 Apr 2021

Published in: Member News

Is your digital connectivity causing stress or solving your problems?

Over the past 12 months, you or your friends, family or work colleagues may have felt the need for a “digital detox” - in other words, temporarily forgoing digital devices to help reduce stress.

Whether it’s disturbed sleep patterns caused by blue light-emitting devices, over-exposure to airbrushed images on social media or simply feeling you can’t switch off, many of us will be familiar with the effects of too much screen time.

This past year, however, has shown us that digital technology has its benefits too, from keeping us connected with loved ones to enabling a more flexible approach to work, and even helping us stay fit and well.

As April is Stress Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look at how digital technology can bring more balance to our lives:

Home-working
At the start of 2020, just 6% of UK workers were home-based. Now, it’s the norm for many with the majority (88%) keen to continue home-working in some capacity post-pandemic. Homeworking can reduce work-related stress and boost efficiency - 70% of home-workers reported being just as, if not more, productive as when office-based. From cutting commuting time to tackling household chores during breaks – it brings flexibility to our hectic schedules.

Supercharging health & wellbeing
When gyms were forced to close, digital tools kept us on track with our goals. Downloads of health and fitness apps grew worldwide by 46%, and 60% enjoyed them so much they plan to cancel their gym memberships. The same can be said for apps developed to help users sleep better, meditate and relax. During the first lockdown, downloads of “mindfulness” apps increased by 25% - with 750k downloads made in one week alone.

The rise the Internet of Things
 Intelligent appliances can help minimise waste, control heating and lighting and save us time and money so we can focus on what really matters to us. In the community, such technology can also make towns and cities safer, greener and more efficient for the benefit of all citizens. Plenty of examples exist globally, from tackling parking problems in South Korea, to New York’s smart waste management trucks and improved transport efficiency in Iceland.

Nevertheless, digital challenges remain
Nearly 200,000 UK households currently get download speeds lower than 10Mbps, making basic services like email a frustration. And, where poor connectivity is widespread, smart city initiatives remain science fiction.

That’s why CityFibre’s investing in city-wide full fibre networks to future-proof UK communities.

Today, most UK premises still connect to the internet via networks built for telephones – copper networks designed to carry sound, not data. Full fibre networks, on the other hand, use 100% fibre optic technology to carry data at lightning speed from the home to the point of connection.

Soon, you’ll be able to choose between the two, so it’s worth knowing the difference. Head to www.cityfibre.com to find out more about CityFibre’s full fibre rollout in Wolverhampton, register your interest or check availability. 

Submitted by Bashir from CityFibre Holdings Ltd
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