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Title: The outbreak of digital detox motives and their public health implications for holiday destinations
Authors: Díaz Meneses, Gonzalo 
Estupiñán Ojeda, Miriam 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Digital Detox
Tourist Behavior
Issue Date: 2022
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
Abstract: This paper aims to analyze the external and objective barriers of the digital difference between being at home and being on holiday, and the intrinsic and subjective inhibitors to remaining online once at a destination. In this study, the literature is thoroughly reviewed, going beyond the traditional economic and technological explanations, along with those related to skill, to consider those rooted in well-being and psychology. Hence, a more integrative and exhaustive framework deals with how tourists approach their perceived hazardous and oversaturating digital environment. Finally, the role played by sociodemographics is studied by profiling those who are predisposed toward disconnecting in order to preserve their wellness. In total, 346 tourists were surveyed at random, with proportional stratification, on the island of Gran Canaria. The measuring instrument comprised a questionnaire whose scales gathered information about more than eighteen devices, twenty-eight social media platforms, and sixteen device and social media barriers. The obtained evidence demonstrates how crucial “detox” motivations are when trying to elucidate the differences in digital behavior between their home and holiday destination. Similarly, the evidence highlights that while gender, age, nationality, and income are associated with these differences, education is not. This study pioneers an analysis of the detox barrier regarding staying connected while on holiday and provides insight into how this intrinsic and subjective inhibitor interacts with other external hindrances to people’s health, both where they live and where they travel.
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19031548
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health[ISSN 1661-7827],v. 19 (3), (Febrero 2022)
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