Digital Detox

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When Mr Roy Tay goes on holiday, he usually visits beach resorts in Thailand or Bali, or cities such as Bangkok. But last November, he took a vacation of a different kind, spending a week at a monastery in central Thailand's Sing Buri province, where he slept on a straw mattress on the floor and woke up at 4am for prayers.

Instead of checking his phone every 10 minutes for texts and e-mail, the entrepreneur and self-confessed workaholic limited his screen time to two 15-minute sessions a day to answer urgent e-mail and check in with his wife. As a civilian staying at the monastery, he was allowed to use his phone, but chose to mirror the lifestyle of the monks there.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Digital Detox'. Print Edition | Subscribe