Time To Log Off was founded in 2014 by digital entrepreneur, tech ethicist, and author Tanya Goodin. Tanya was inspired to set-up Time To Log Off after over 20 years working exclusively in the online world. She is an award-winning digital entrepreneur: twice a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and for the Blackberry Outstanding Women in Technology award.
As someone who spent her life almost entirely onscreen for over 20 years, Tanya was one of the first to notice the impact of a screen-based lifestyle on focus and concentration, productivity, creativity, stress and sleep.
As research and statistics began to emerge supporting her belief that she was not alone in suffering from these adverse effects of a screen-dominated life, she founded Time To Log Off with a mission to investigate what a healthy use of screens looks like. Her goal as a digital detox expert now is to help others discover, like her, the joys of regularly fully disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the real world.
Tanya is a graduate of Oxford University, the author of three books about our complicated relationship with technology, My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open, OFF and Stop Staring at Screens – and is passionate about yoga, mindfulness and introducing the digital detox concept to children and young people who are increasingly immersed in the online world.
"Time To Log Off offers retreats in places such as Hawaii, Italy and Cornwall. Perhaps for 2016 we should all have a go at stashing away our digital addictions ... and indulge in some good old analogue fun.
"Three weeks later, I can’t quite believe I have managed to keep my tech use under control. Already I feel more connected and present during chats or out with friends"
“It was so peaceful. I’m going to buy a non-smartphone to use at weekends and ask friends to call me instead of texting/Whatsaspp-ing!”
"We came away feeling astonishingly refreshed and restored. Our eyes have been well and truly opened to the extraordinary benefits and pleasures of a hiatus from the constant noise of information."
“I found the first day difficult but it subsided quickly. By the end of the break I didn’t want my phone back!”
“I wanted to test how I would react without my phone. Generally I felt much more relaxed and with better concentration. From this experience I know that I can live without my phone. I’m going to encourage other people in my life to develop this ability a bit more too!”
“Doing this retreat has actually revealed just how unhealthy my internet obsession is. I've slept better, felt less stressed and had more energy. The retreat has given me some great ideas to help control my phone. I feel fantastic!”
"Small talk becomes big talk and silences become longer, more comfortable. It occurs to me how frantic technology makes me."
"This was a well-organised, friendly and worthwhile restorative. Blissful."
“This really exceeded expectations. The food, company, setting. All of it was amazing - really serene. I think this will end up a vital experience for me. Thank you!”
"It was a revelation! I wasn’t aware how bad my digital addiction had become. Feel deliriously refreshed and restored – will definitely be incorporating regular technology breaks into my life. Everyone should!”
"Amazing! The experience made me realise how much I use my phone as a distraction. Not having my phone meant I could really escape from the stresses of everyday life. From now on I’m deleting work email from my phone at the weekends and I’ll be checking my phone a lot less regularly.”
"I found myself connecting much more deeply with the people around me. Without distractions, our conversations were much richer and more interesting."
“My expectations were very high but this exceeded them all. I feel like I have completely rebooted my life!”
“I loved it. After this, I’m going to get a landline and turn my mobile off for some weekends. I’m also going to take social media off my phone.”
"Time to Log Off aren’t about disconnecting forever, they’re about remembering to disconnect when it matters."
"Corny as it sounds, when the retreat was over, I felt cleansed. I hadn’t checked the news but I didn’t fear that the world had fallen apart. I felt recharged, not anxious about the work I’d missed."
“A really great experience. I will be implementing a restricted phone and digital regime at home, i.e. no screens on a Sunday and no phones in the bedroom. I’ll also take off work email from my phone and be really mindful during the week of when I use the phone and Internet”.
“It was great to ‘lose’ my phone. I thought it would be stressful but it was surprisingly easy. I will definitely have down-time with technology in the future.”