Intentionally disconnecting from digital for just 30 mins a day to consciously engage with our surroundings, helps us meaningfully reconnect with nature and our communities.

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The Problem

We’ve all been beguiled by the convenience of on-screen communication. It’s so easy to organise our lives using these magic boxes, phones or tablets with tantalising, glowing lights. What started as a time saving measure; the ability to text or email a plan to a friend or colleague rather than speaking to them, has led within a very short time to roaring ‘digital furnaces’ which we feel addictively compelled to fuel during every waking moment. We’ve become slaves to our online connectivity at the expense of meaningful engagement with ourselves, our companions and our surroundings. Our brains are being dangerously rewired to exist in a state of constant alert as we distractedly await the next, ‘urgent ping’ of notification.

Digital Addiction

Adults and children alike are unconsciously succumbing to ‘human downgrading’; the insidious by-product of digital addiction.

Physical Illhealth

There’s a huge, society-wide increase in avoidable aches and chronic pain due to our predominantly desk-bound and sedentary culture.

Broken Relationships

Persistent interruption and digital preoccupation leads to unnecessary irritability, disconnection, resentments and broken relationships.

Stifling of Creativity

The more we become unconscious, passive consumers of technology the less likely we are to be connected with creative spirit.

Polarised Communities

The more we live inside our phones, computers and online echo chambers; the less we get out and meet others from different generations and walks of life.

Dangerous Introspection

It’s easy to lose a sense of proportion when experiencing the exponential effects of digital communication; online bullying and sexting crimes are on the rise.

Anti Social Behaviour

Otherwise out of character, aggressive behaviour is normalised when children and adults alike are submerged in superficial, reactive, often violent digital worlds.

Strained Services

Our mental and physical health crisis is compounded as an unfit, psychologically stressed population puts ever-increasing pressure on public health and welfare services.

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The Solution

We need to make space, to give ourselves permission to step back and regain perspective. We are all effected by stress and anxiety caused by the continuous stream of images and posts demanding our immediate action. If we accept this then we can act. Take Control Turn It Off. WildTime Offline is about stepping outside and appreciating our World in Real Time. 30 minutes a day away from our devises is a beginning. Grant those you love the gift of being one hundred percent present when you are with them. When you are on your own give yourself real solitude to make dreams

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Positive Outcomes

Being Present

When we are living in real time, the present, the here and now life is so much more manageable. Its hard to be troubled by what happened yesterday or worried about what might happen tomorrow.

Increased Creativity

Having uninterrupted space and time to explore thoughts and ideas whist being stimulated by nature inevitably leads to increased levels of creativity.

Sociability

Disconnecting from devices leads to increased engagement with the humans around us; through eye and voice contact leading to conversation and the creation of meaningful interaction and connections.

Alertness

When we are undistracted by our phones or devices we are focused on the task at hand, be it walking, driving or cycling. Think of all the accidents that can be prevented when we’re all taking Wildtime Offline!

Decreased Polarisation

Intentionally connecting offline with those around us, opens us up to hearing views and opinions other than those echoed back to us by computer generated algorithms. We become more objective.

Mindfulness

Intentionally disconnecting from digital and reconnecting with nature opens the space for us to slow down and practise mindfulness or meditation by osmosis and without distraction

Flow

Being freed up to have time offline allows space to process thoughts, aids relaxation, reduces stress and leads to an increased in natural healing thought and problem solving. Which in turn helps us to find our personal flow!

Confidence

More communication means less introversion, fewer selfies so less self consciousness and more consciousness about how we can help and add value to those around us resulting in increased self worth and confidence.

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The Campaign

David Fox-Pitt MBE is spearheading the Wild Time Offline campaign as he has spent his adult life seeing first hand the benefits of getting outside to physically delight in nature. In recent years he has become profoundly concerned by the  increasing trend to view the world through our digital devices rather than living it in real time whilst inhaling the joy of the outdoors. Join David in this very simple campaign which encourages us all to consciously commit to intentionally leaving our phones behind for just 30 minutes a day during which time we deliberately and meaningfully reconnect with nature and those around us. We can all access some sort of green space or connection with the natural world where we can appreciate nature and reconnect with our imaginations (this goes for the city dwellers amongst us too!). How many times have we missed an amazing sunset or the reflection of the moon in a puddle because we’ve been glued to our phones and not aware of what is happening away from the screen? Be present for these special moments by joining David for just 30 minutes a day. Let’s all commit to making our Wild Time Offline non-negotiable!

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