30% of Americans will deal with depression at some point in their lives.
Technological advancement has made a lot of things easier for us, but that has resulted in our being even more sedentary than we were before. Instead of being active outside with that extra time, we spend 93% of our days indoors.
Being able to contact anyone through digital messaging may make us feel connected to the rest of the world at all times, but this form of communication likes the multi-sensory benefits of face-to-face conversations. Today, 40% of Americans say they feel chronic loneliness; three decades ago that number was 15%.
In a 2010 study of college students that removed all screens from their life for a 24-hour period, the participants reported being more calm, having a greater ability to hold their attention on one task, and feeling greater depth and meaning in their interactions with friends.