In the days prior to the challenge, Zomorodi encourages participants to download an app called "moment" that will identify how many times a day you are checking in on your phone and what your total usage is. Get ready to be alarmed - the average smartphone owner uses almost 3 hours per day! This concept of spacing out being essential to creativity and joy is not a new one. In the Buddhist philosophy, one must learn to shift the mind into neutral, which is considered the natural state of the brain. Achieving happiness and peace of mind becomes more feasible in a neutral mind. There is not a $100/month service contract either!
Regardless of whether you are trying to achieve nirvana in one week or not, I think it would be an interesting campus wide challenge to forgo smartphone usage for a set amount of time. Just to see what happens...and perhaps a week is way too long for most teenagers to "survive" without their technological BFF, but maybe 48 hours could be possible? What do you think? Maybe write me a letter in your downtime.
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