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Some vacationers go through digital detox

Hafid Muhammad of Jackson never goes anywhere without his phone or tablet - even to the beach. (Photo source: WLOX) Hafid Muhammad of Jackson never goes anywhere without his phone or tablet - even to the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Some people just can’t go through with a digital detox, even while on vacation.

Although the point of getting away is to escape the daily pressures, some simply have made peace with their addiction. And now, for good or bad, mobile phones, tablets, laptops are just part of the adventure.

Hafid Muhammad of Jackson doesn’t go anywhere without his phone or tablet - even to the beach with his family.

“It’s kind of hard to be disconnected right now, you know, with this connected life style we live," said Hafid. 

He says he'd be lost if he left his devices behind.

“Chances are, I would be thinking about what's on my cell phone or, who’s calling or text messages,” he said. “So, why think about it? It’s probably best to have it with you anyway so you’ll know exactly what’s going on.”

He’s not the only one. His whole family travels digitally prepared.

But, Hafid realizes that maybe the practice should slow down.

“That should be a good diet to be on. That may be a challenge for our family,” Hafid said “To see how long we may make a wager of it. Who can stay without their digital device the longest.”

It’s not something his daughter likes.

“It’s doable. I just don’t want to do it,” said 13-year-old Najmah Muhammad. “I have friends on my phone and like I want to communicate with them. So, it’s really hard.”

It’s never been a problem for Leonard Johns – who is on vacation from Florida. He stays connect through his wife's phone.

“I don’t carry one. I have one in my truck. It’s never on,” Leonard said. “It’s like an umbilical cord. I don’t have anything to do with it.”

And he said his life is less complicated and stressful because of that.

“Absolutely. Yeah,” Johns said. “I see these kids and they get made because somebody looked at them wrong on their phone. “Oh, so and so looked at you.’ And they’re all upset. I don’t need that kind of stress.”

According to the website www.digitaldetox.org, 61 percent of Americans admit to being addicted to the internet and their devices. And, 60 percent say traditional vacation does not relieve their stress.

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