Are you strong enough to swear off group texts, a Netflix marathon (or five), and Google Hangouts for one day? Now is the time to find out.
Reviews.org is hosting a Digital Detox Challenge and will reward lucky contestants with $2,400 to spend the day sans screens. This means 24 hours without TVs, computers, video games, smart devices, cell phones and-fortunately-software updates. Perhaps this isn’t such a catastrophic request after all! (Oh, and you’ll receive a $200 Amazon gift card to put towards tech-less entertainment.)
If you’re in need of a digital cleanse and a little bit of spending money (springtime styles have hit clothing racks, after all) then read on!
How to apply
Those 18 and older who are eligible to work in the United States are welcome to submit an application on Reviews.org. The deadline is March 26 at 5pm MST. The challengers who are invited to participate will be announced on March 29 on YouTube.
What do you need to do?
If you’re selected, you’ll be expected to store your gadgets in a safe provided by Reviews.org. Once you’ve selected a day for the challenge (you’ll have 14 days to do so), you’ll need to kiss your favorite tech toys bye-bye and submit a screen time report of how you’ve spent your time.
What can't you use?
The following items are a no-go (unless there is an emergency):
• Gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices
• Computers and laptops
• Smartwatches and wearable tech
• Smart home devices (smart speakers, smart vacuums, etc.)
What can you do instead?
If the lack of Instagram scrolling and Zoom meetings have you feeling a bit lost Reviews.org suggests filling the void with tech-less fun, including:
• Board games
• Writing stationary
• Paints and brushes
Considering the site's past research revealed that people look at their phones once every nine minutes and watch more than 56 hours of TV per week, perhaps a little breather isn't the worst idea. Good luck to those applying!
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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.
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