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Globe and Mail: Trend Hunter's Shelby Walsh Explores Today's Tech Separation Anxiety

— June 12, 2015 — About
With technology playing such a fundamental part in the day-to-day of many, countless individuals are looking for ways to distance themselves from their gadgets for some much needed downtime. President of Trend Hunter Shelby Walsh shares her insights on the phenomenon with The Globe and Mail.

While technology is used to keep us up-to-date, well-read and connected, sometimes a cleanse from our Internet-centric lifestyle is a great way to fresh and regain balance. There are several organizations that promote environments to do so, such as the Innocent Un-plugged that puts together isolated weekend activities like crafts and music to return to a more organic form of communication. Regardless of how far you're willing to go to detach from your gadgets, there are various options out there for you to help you detox from your tech.

The latest cleanse craze may surprise you

Given how integral technology is to our day-to-day lives, it’s only natural to feel a bit naked without your phone. For nomophobiacs, defined as those with a fear of being without their mobile phones, the dependence is much more pronounced. In fact, there’s an institution in Southern California that focuses on rehabilitating individuals with this specific form of anxiety.

The war against hyper-connectivity is a new one, but over the past year,’s research has detected a growing movement to help dampen our Internet dependence. It’s focused on health and wellness movement, but moves beyond simply what we eat and the ways we exercise our bodies. It’s bleeding into the concept of promoting healthy balance for the mind as well.

Read the full article at The Globe and Mail here.