NEW YORL (CNN) – Doom scrolling get you down?
Leave the phone on for an hour. Or better yet, do it 24 hours – you can only get $ 2400 out of it.
Reviews.org, a company that tests home services and products, holds a 24-hour digital detox challenge. They pay their chosen challengers over two grand to survive an entire day without screens.
“If you want to drop your devices for a day but still need to get paid, this is the perfect option for you,” the company wrote on its website where ambitious digital detractors can go to apply.
Glued to social media? Perfect (for the competition)
To decide who to apply, the company asks some picky questions.
“Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you̵
“Do you know a little too much about your old acquaintances from social media?”
According to the company, the ideal candidate is someone who “definitely likes the technology” and is looking for a challenge. And while it may seem easy to take an Instagram detox for a day – the challenge is a little more involved.
It’s not as simple as it sounds
Those who are chosen for the challenge not only need to swear off the phones for the day, but TVs, games, computers, smart watches and smart home devices (think smart speakers) are also out of bounds.
However, the company emphasizes, microwaves are still in order.
The challengers will receive a safe to store their electronics for 24 hours, along with a $ 200 Amazon gift card to assemble a technology-free “survival kit”, the company wrote.
Some Survival Kit suggestions from Reviews.org include a typewriter to replace computers, writing paper to replace texts, and paints and brushes to replace self-art.
Challengers must review the survival kit and provide feedback on the experience after completing the challenge – but they will do so while holding the coveted title “2021 Digital Detox Challenger”.
Screen time is an increasing health risk
The company’s challenge comes at a time when “screen time” has taken on new meaning.
The pandemic has forced many to work remotely and students to study online, making screens more of a necessity than ever before.
According to a 2019 report from nonprofit Common Sense Media, American teens spent an average of more than seven hours per day on screen media just for entertainment.
“We have a feeling that someone out there needs a break,” wrote Reviews.org.
To apply, the company asks for some personal information and a 100-word question about why you are eligible for the challenge. Applications will be open until March 26, and winners will be announced on the company’s YouTube page on March 29.
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