The phone buzzes; an email "pings."
Let's own up it: We are a Facebook-obsessed, Twitter-loving society with a penchant for email checking and Google searching. According to a Mobile Mindset study, conducted by security app Lookout, 58 percent of U.S. smartphone owners check their phones at least once every hour -- even while they sit on the toilet. The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business has also found that social media possesses an addictive quality, which may be even stronger than the desire for cigarettes or alcohol. Our media-heavy habits have also changed the way we communicate, as we rely less and less on verbal communication.
If you've found yourself jumping to answer your phone, only to realize that it never went off -- you're not the only one hearing phantom buzzes. This hyper-connectivity may be getting to some of us. The non-profit Anxiety U.K. recently released a study suggesting that social media and internet usage does, in fact, stress us out. Anxiety U.K. reports that 60 percent of study respondents stated "they felt the need to switch off" their phones and computers to get a true break from technology.
That sounds like just the ticket for some of us, so we've put together a traveler's guide to remote vacation spots with unreliable cell phone service and internet access. Check out our favorite seven places to escape from technology (below), then let us know where you'd go for a break from your gadgets. Do you think you would try one of these getaways? Share your thoughts in the comments section, or tweet at us (@HuffPostTech). Then check out our slideshow featuring advice about disconnecting from some of the world's most wired techies.
Visit The Travaasa Hana
This Hawaiian hotel, formally known as the Hāna-Maui, has a reputation for being a simplistic bungalow getaway. <a href="http://www.travaasa.com/hana/#/travaasa-hana-overview" target="_hplink">The Travaasa Hana</a> does not offer WiFi or television in individual suites. "The beauty of the hotel is that it has that old Polynesian feel, with no TVs or clocks in the room," a representative told <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2489-digital-detox-vacations-check-your-iphone-at-the-hotel-door.html" target="_hplink">TechNewsDaily</a>.
Try A Digital Detox
In 2009, former techie Levi Felix found himself in the hospital because of a stomach ulcer, prompting him to give up his lifestyle and run a guesthouse in Cambodia, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/reyhan/an-intervention-for-tech-addicts" target="_hplink">according to BuzzFeed</a>. Upon his return to the States, he realized American's tech infatuation had only gotten worse. To wean off the tech-obessessed, Felix began hosting "off-the-grid weekends for around a dozen paying guests at a time." <a href="http://thedigitaldetox.org/" target="_hplink">The Digital Detox Retreat</a> is held monthly and includes activities like yoga and hiking with a strict no-tech rule.
Head To NY's Adirondack Mountains
Head to New York -- no, not New York City -- for a wireless retreat in the wilderness. After pulling off a highway in the <a href="http://visitadirondacks.com/" target="_hplink">Adirondack Mountains</a>, it's probable you won't have mobile phone reception again until the trip home (if you're a Verizon subscriber, at least). With the lack of cell towers and sparse WiFi hubs, there's hardly a temptation to check email, since that task is quite impossible. Better yet, you won't have to pay for an exclusive hotel to enjoy an unplugged, upstate experience. Check out <a href="http://cloudsplitteroutfitters.com/Olbert/Welcome.html" target="_hplink">Cloud-Splitter Outfitters </a>in the small town of Newcomb for classy cabins, without digital access. The rolling river nearby will make you wish you could post a photo to Facebook.
Visit Ireland's Aran Islands
Dublin is a city like any other, so if you long to truly relax and see old Irish life, head toward the West Coast of Ireland and hop a ferry to the <a href="http://www.aranislands.ie/" target="_hplink">Aran Islands</a>. In this remote area, thatched roofs and rolling, stone-lined fields hint at an ancient Gaelic culture. <a href="http://www.ardeinne.com/" target="_hplink">Most B&B's and guesthouses</a> in this area have limited cell phone service, and many don't have Internet connections. But you won't crave your laptop with these breath-taking views.
Take A Sailing Adventure
Ahoy, techies! Find a weekend sailing trip and escape society for a few days. When traveling on water, cell phone service is often spotty, and outlets for your electronics will be difficult to find. Some isolated sailing trips include <a href="http://www.amicusadventuresailing.com/FAQ_Isle_Royale.html" target="_hplink">Isle Royale, Michigan</a> and parts of the <a href="http://www.adventure-sailing.com/index.asp" target="_hplink">Southern California's coast</a>.
Go Wireless In Amish Country
Pennsylvania and Ohio's Amish country offer another opportunity to leave your gadgets behind and step into the past. You'll see horses and buggies but won't find many modern conveniences -- and that's the point! You can observe the Amish's simplistic ways by day and can remain relatively unplugged at night at certain guesthouses, like Ohio's <a href="http://grandmas.moreheadmarketing.com/ghbandb.php" target="_hplink">Grandma's Homestead Bed & Breakfast</a>, where you won't find Internet, phone or television access.
Head To Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is home to geysers, rivers, bison and more. But good luck sending Instagram pictures of your cowboy experience. Instead, relax at the <a href="http://www.mtnsky.com/" target="_hplink">Mountain Sky Guest Ranch</a> or hop on a horse for the first time. While there is some internet service in the lodge's main lounge, <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/iconic-trips/2009/11/10-Perfect-Days-in-Big-Sky-Country-Montana-and-Wyoming" target="_hplink">Conde Nast Traveler</a> warns tech-savvy visiters: "Don't bother turning on your cell phone or looking for a television." You'll only be disappointed with the persistent "no service" symbol on that silent mobile.