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Povilas S
Povilas S Aug 31, 2020
Continuing the topic on how to reduce tech addiction, I think that no smartphone day is a good idea to start with. Especially because - there is no such thing yet, as far as I know. And if anyone knows something about such day already in operation, please share your knowledge. One thing is to make that effort as an individual and that‘s also good, but imagine how powerful and impactful would it be as widely recognized event. Of course the aim would be to make it international. I was thinking the date could be the day that first iPhone was officially released (June 29, 2007) or the day before it, to emphasize the absence, first iPhone being a symbol for the start of extensive use of smartphones.
First of all – does it seem like a good idea to you and would you like to participate in such event (not using any smartphone for a day)? Second – if you have ideas/experience in how to best popularize such thing and make it work, please share it. Some useful information I found:
https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/ --> National day of unplugging. Only in US, but good initiative.
https://medium.com/@sarahlafi9/no-phone-day-how-giving-up-my-smart-phone-for-a-day-helped-me-reconsider-my-lifestyle-327485814be --> A well written article on why it would be helpful.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw22 days ago
I think this is a great idea and I've recently come across some papers that support this. Dr Cameron Sepah created what she calls dopamine fasting. Essentially, she simply suggests that we cut down on the things we do for instant dopamine hits. Social media being one of the biggest, which of course works well with your idea to stay away from your smartphone.
Here's a nice summary of her idea - https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/dopamine-fasting-misunderstanding-science-spawns-a-maladaptive-fad-2020022618917

I've personally started trying to implement this into my own life and the effects have been phenomenal. As someone who has struggled with addiction before, it's frightening to see how easily tech addiction can take over your daily routine without the warning signs and obvious side effects of drug addiction, for instance.

It's even more difficult, as technology plays such an integral part in our lives and work. Nobody can argue against the benefits of technology, so much so, that it becomes difficult to see the negative effects. This results in this addiction going pretty much unchecked.

This is where the cliched balance comes into play again. Mindful use of technology can be extremely beneficial, but, in order to get into a position where we are able to make decisions on how to use technology in such a way, we need to break free from our addiction first. To do that, I think ideas like yours and Dr Sepah's are vital.

Juran8 months ago
Nice idea! I will share with you something I experienced. I was a participant on a 10-day project where the idea was to disconnect from everything and reconnect with yourself again. The first day, we put in a safe all the tech we got (phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, watches) and got only one clock per room. The next day, half of the people were late on a morning session, some people had serious problems missing their families and friends, got a bit depressed and bored. After a few days, things became interesting and interactive, we talked a lot, discussed and solved some local problems and in the end, everybody confirmed it was an amazing feeling to be without the technology. It was an incredible experience, but for people who applied for that project and wanted to participate. For the others, one No smartphone day should be a nice start.
Povilas S
Povilas S8 months ago
This is what feels to me like traveling to another reality or at least another decade already - restraining from technology. And that's an interesting experience to have and I think many people would like to try that for shorter or longer periods, especially if it would be done in a social environment where they would be encouraged to communicate directly and find ways to entertain themselves without using technology or at least recent technology. That's basically what you experienced. But if those kind of activities would become a fashion of some sort (like veganism or eco products are in fashion now) and many people would start doing that like on a weekend with their friends, then that would really have a powerful impact on society and I think it's a matter of advertising it and encouraging people to try to do it.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic8 months ago
Promoting a day like this could be done by a higher net-worth corporation as a marketing campaign (on par with Coca-Cola's Christmas domination). A corporation that is in line with mental health, natural lifestyle, organic/bio/eco food, or something in that direction
Anja M
Anja M8 months ago
Needless to say this would definitely be helpful. :) However, since smart technology's surrounding us so much (both as a necessity and a side-effect), perhaps it would be smart (pun intended) to promote the idea of one day per month somehow. For example, every 29th of the month, June being the "new year". Maybe having something fixed as a date, for the starters, would help people remember it and note it easily: even if the irony of syncing their calendars to notify of the day at midnight is the initial cost. :)