Could you go a week without your phone? Many of us are so addicted to our phones that we have a hard time going to a movie and putting down our phones. A teen named Michelle Hackman set out to find out what would happen when teens had their phones taken away. They hooked students up to a biofeedback monitor to document their response. some students had reactions similar to withdrawals. This study shows that the teens were more attached to their phones than they realize. Check out an interview with Michelle Hackman here.
Just like teens many adults can’t put their phones down for fear of missing out. 9 teens from Washington State participated in an experiment where they gave up their cell phones for a week. The teens found that they spent more time on homework, with their families, and even reading a book when they didn’t have their cell phones. They were very glad when they got their phones back at the end of the week though. Check out their story here.
It is important to take time aways from our devices and be present with those around us. It might be a fun experiment to have a no cell phone day. Who knows, maybe it will be the best thing that you ever did.
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