Disconnect to Reconnect - go screen-free for 30 minutes this Christmas


At Gamely Games, our mission is to help 1 million people spend more quality time together.

We know the pressures of modern life make it difficult to find enough hours in the day. In fact, one in four parents say they don’t have enough time to spend with their children, and 60% say that the time they do have together is spent in silence in front of the TV. 

Believe me, we hear you. As busy parents ourselves, we know the struggle to make it home for bedtime and the Herculean effort required to find the energy to drag your kids away from PAW Patrol. And if you’ve got older kids and you try to come between them and their phones or games consoles – good luck!

Our lives are increasingly reliant on screens, and there’s not much we can do about that. We’re not going to do away with the smartphone or the TV, and we wouldn’t want to! But finding just small chunks of time to disconnect from all devices and connect with our families away from the distractions of screens makes such a difference to our relationships and our mental wellbeing.

That’s why we’re launching the Disconnect to Reconnect campaign this Christmas! We want everyone to find just 30 minutes on Christmas Day – in between the festive movies, carols and the Queen’s Speech – to turn off the TV, put away the phones and consoles, and spend quality time together.

You might want to take the family out for a walk to work up an appetite (and make room for that second helping of Christmas pudding!), or you might want to get everyone together to play a game. You could just sit around and have a chat. It’s totally up to you. Just put aside 30 minutes to be completely present with one another.

Whether you’ll be with family you see every day or spending time with relatives you only meet up with on special occasions, this is an opportunity to build a deeper connection and learn things about each other’s lives you might never have known.

Are you in? Post on Instagram about your plans to #DisconnectToReconnect and tag @GamelyGames, or come and tell us on our Facebook page. And if you end up getting out some of our games to play - please send us your photos and videos. We love seeing people play our games. We’ll be choosing our favourites for a new Gamely Hall of Fame and if we feature your photo we’ll donate £100 to a charity of your choice.

Let us know how you get on!