What did we do before smartphones? Well, not only did we take pictures and actually frame them, we slept better, apparently.
There’s not a smartphone slinger among us who hasn’t disappeared into a rabbit hole of late-night scrolling – looking for what, we’re not sure – but somehow intent on getting to the bottom of an endlessly vertical list of visuals of someone’s flat-lay breakfast.
The biggest thief of our extra few minutes of shut eye, however? That elusive beast Snapchat.
A study of 2,000 adults in the UK found that 68 per cent of participants named Snapchat as the most disruptive to their sleeping pattern, according to bed manufacturer Silentnight.
“Social networks are definitely causing a heightened feeling of FOMO, particularly with the younger generation who are so used to seeing their social lives played out online and often rely on validation from likes and shares,” physiologist and sleep therapist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explained of the study.
“With Snapchat in particular, snaps are only there for 24 hours and then they’re gone, making it all the more tempting to keep checking the app, so you are not to miss out. It’s easy to see why this habit is creeping into bedtime routines.”
That digital detox? Yeah, it’s time to start.