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Camping with Bluetooth: Should you bring the Internet along on your next family vacation?

Americans are camping, and they're doing it to get in touch with nature. But does that mean technology can't come along for the ride?
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 17, 2014 at 12:40 am •  Published: July 17, 2014

Roughing it is the American way, or so it seems.

Forty million Americans are planning to camp outdoors this summer and will likely spend about two weeks per year doing it. That's about 15 percent of the American population older than 6 years of age who spend some nights outdoors under the stars, according to the American Camper report.

Camping has been known to refresh the batteries and set the body back to neutral. As a matter of fact, the University of Colorado found in 2013 that people who spent a week camping naturally had their internal clocks set back to sunrise and sunset — something that has been changing for humans since electricity has entered our homes.

"Participants most often say that the simple act of camping is the biggest motivation for taking a camping trip," the American Camper report said. "Perhaps this profound ability to reconnect with nature is what keeps drawing campers back and what will maintain the popularity of camping."

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