The internet truly is an amazing invention, but being constantly connected to friends, family and work can take its toll. The average person checks their phone 200 times every day and one in four people spend more time online than they do sleeping. Studies have also linked social media use to anxiety and loneliness in youngsters. In these cases a digital detox – switching off and being present in the moment – is just what the doctor ordered.
Whether you're looking for a weekend home or a full-time move to the country, these remote properties are ideal for those who want to get away from it all.
Old world charm in Wrington
This detached five-bedroom house is ideal for living out your rural dreams. It has an inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stoves for curling up in front of with a good book in winter, as well as gardens to sip your tea in during summer. It's in one of the best UK areas for local produce, so you won't miss that takeaway delivery app either.
Cosy cottage in Yorkshire
Situated between Pickering and Scarborough, Maple Cottage makes the perfect holiday home – the current owners already let it out to tourists. Just imagine relaxing in front of the open fire over the Christmas holidays, or hosting barbecues in the private courtyard during the warmer months, with no social media #FOMO.
Bed and Breakfast in Welshpool
If you've ever dreamed of leaving the 9-to-5 behind and running a charming country guesthouse, this eight-bedroom property in Powys is well worth a gander. As well as large gardens and a fireplace, it also has an indoor swimming pool (so you can leave behind those YouTube fitness videos).
Land to build on in Tain
Detailed planning consent has already been given for a three-bedroom bungalow on this half-acre plot of land in the Scottish Highlands – what better way to distract yourself from social media than by watching your new home take shape? The land is near Loch Eye, where you can hire a boat and fish for wild brown trout, which makes a change from fishing for Facebook likes.