The existence of Camp Grounded, a weekend-long digital detox summer camp for adults, has come to the attention of the tech elite and they are outraged because, well, the gluten-free, sex-free, alcohol-free fallacy is a really easy thing to hate. A number of dispatches from the three-day-long, electronics-free "summer camp for adults" have described the experience as cleansing. "But by the end of the weekend, they say the experience gave them a new perspective on their relationships with technology and social media," reported NPR's Raphaella Baek. By the end of his stay Matt Haber, formerly of the Atlantic Wire, found himself spontaneously dancing and blissfully star-gazing, he wrote in The New York Times. "And for once, I was enjoying the silence." But despite the praise for the experience, people who manage to have a healthy relationship with their gadgets say: The jokes on you, fools.
The idea behind the digital detox is something a lot of us can get behind: Who doesn't want to get away from work email and enjoy the moment once in a while. But it's these extreme methods so inaccessible to most people and not actually all that useful that make no sense to anyone who both loves technology and values their sanity. All of that is what's wrong with Digital Detox Camp.