Resorts Push 'Digital Detox' Guests offered discounts for surrendering gadgets By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jul 6, 2011 8:58 AM CDT 4 comments Comments "Technology has freed us up in many ways, but there are unintended consequences," a psychiatrist says. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Travelers who have trouble reaching for the "off" switch on their devices when they go on vacation are getting a helping hand from a growing number of resorts offering "digital detox" packages. Guests who surrender their smartphones and other devices upon checking in are rewarded with discounts and offered low-tech alternatives like books and board games, or gadget-free activities like hiking or meditation, reports the Wall Street Journal. A recent survey found that almost 80% of travelers plan to stay connected during their next vacation. One exec says he decided to go cold turkey on vacation in the Bahamas after realizing that his 4-year-old daughter associated him with his iPhone. He promptly stowed his phone, Kindle, laptop, and BlackBerry in a hotel safe and left them there until the end of the vacation. "Had it not been for my children, I would have fallen off the wagon in a very short amount of time," he says.