In 2022, putting your phone, tablet or computer aside even for a few hours is a feat. This is the challenge offered by the 24-hour screen-free day.

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Even if the general population is of the opinion that a break is beneficial, it remains easier said than done.

“We got used to the screens a lot. It’s like an easy solution that we have and it’s made a second reflex, ”says a resident.

“I find that we are more and more dependent on devices. I mean, we’re having trouble waiting. As soon as we have a device and we have to wait a few moments, we take our phone, ”explains a citizen.

Sign of our increasing dependence on screens, whatever they are, 54% of Quebecers say they feel panic when their phone battery is about to go flat. A statistic that worries since many risks are linked to hyperconnectivity, including lack of sleep and even social isolation.

“The risks are when there is too much use, misuse, it really has an impact, both in terms of physical health. So we are going to talk about a sedentary lifestyle, in terms of weight, we are going to have consequences in terms of sleep, also at the relational level, in terms of well-being, ”underlines Julie Maye, coordinator of the break campaign, family section.

The proposed challenge can help screen users to become aware of their habits, especially in a society emerging from a pandemic and which has precisely had less social contact.

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