A recent study revealed 70% of those aged between 16-24 say they prefer to text rather than talk.

Technology continues to strengthen communication in our daily lives. But are the devices now disconnecting us from society?

Initiatives around the world are now urging the public to reduce the time spent on their digital devices after they have been linked to depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation.

An average person sleeps for around 8 hours every night however they use a digital device for up to 9 hours each day.

To combat smartphone addiction, a new app created by Norwegian University students offers rewards for the time spent away from mobile devices.

Points can be earned for every 20 minutes spent away from your smartphone.

Other companies such as itstimetologoff.com offer gadget-free-getaways and media billionaire Richard Branson has advertised his participation as part of the #NationalDayOfUnplugging campaign this month.

So what is the solution? You can turn off notifications, switch your phone to airplane mode until you need to use it and read books and occupy yourself with hobbies to avoid temptation.

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