Online fasting: Refraining from a smartphone is worse than stopping alcohol

Online fasting: Refraining from a smartphone is worse than stopping alcohol

Lent poll: Germans prefer not to drink alcohol to the Internet
For many Germans, abstaining from alcohol and sweets is part of Lent. However, the fact that they do not restrict surfing the Internet for a few weeks. According to a recent survey, only a few Germans show willingness to “fast online”.

Germans tend to avoid alcohol and sweets
According to a recent survey, Germans prefer to avoid alcohol rather than the Internet. The representative Forsa study for the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit showed that one in two Germans considers it sensible to do without a certain stimulant or consumer good for several weeks during Lent. Most think they can do without beer, wine or chocolate. Online fasting, i.e. switching off your smartphone and computer in your free time, is only accepted by around one in five.

More and more people in Germany are addicted to online
The result is not particularly surprising. More and more people are affected by online addiction and spend an enormous amount of time with smartphones, laptops, tablets and the like. Around a million people in Germany are now considered to be media-dependent. They are addicted to online games, cybersex portals or social networks. According to experts, especially young men are at risk.

A researcher from the University of Bonn caused a stir last year when he called for a digital diet for mobile phone users to address the problem. According to the DAK survey, many people would find it difficult to do this.

One in two thinks fasting is good
According to a press release from DAK-Gesundheit, more than half of the respondents (53 percent) stated that they had already given up for at least one long period of time for health reasons. According to the information, 67 percent of those who are generally ready for fasting are most likely to get along without alcohol and 66 percent without sweets. More than every third respondent wants to do without meat (38 percent). Eliminating the television is an option for 33 percent and quitting smoking for 32 percent. But keeping your fingers off the cell phone and computer is only conceivable for 21 percent.

Young people find it more difficult to do without a cell phone and computer
The result shows that more and more people seem to find it difficult to break free from online networking. Since 2014, the DAK has had questions asked in its annual survey. In the first year of the survey, 31 percent stated that they were most likely to forego private computer and internet use. Last year, 27 percent said they were ready. Age also plays a role in this question. According to the information, only twelve percent of those under the age of 30 who are fasting would be willing to take their cell phones, computers, game consoles and the like offline for several weeks. For people between 45 and 59, this proportion increases to 25 percent.

Less stress by not using the Internet
As reported by the DAK, the respondents stated that the main motivation for not using computers and the Internet was that they wanted less stress and wanted to meet more with friends or relatives. "We are observing a true generational difference here," explained DAK search expert Ralf Kremer. "The 45 plus generation apparently has a strong need to switch off." By the way, according to the survey, fasting stronghold in Germany is North Rhine-Westphalia. There, 64 percent of those surveyed stated that they had given up certain luxury foods or consumer goods at least once for several weeks. In the federal comparison, the bottom is the east with 46 percent. (ad)

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