We hear plenty of musings and opinions about how much time our kids are online. And there’s no shortage of nostalgia about those pre-Internet days of yore. It’s the kind of yearning captured in Nature Valley’s much-discussed video about the long-lost art of doing nothing. (Spoiler alert: You build forts, pick black berries and stare into the sky!) And it’s also given rise to the whole notion of Digital Detox.
But what you don’t hear much about is a teen self-imposing a period of digital downtime. All of which makes Leslie Landis’ 7-day cell phone-free odyssey all the more compelling. Landis recounts the experience in this article for the Washington Post as she recounts what is was like to give up her phone time, which according to recent research, is about 9 hours a day for the average teen.
So what happened after the abstinence? Landis discusses her new-found habits acquired during her brief period of putting down the phone:
- I don’t touch my Buzzfeed app or Facebook app as much as I used to.
- I don’t feel the need to look at the articles on my feed now or take a mindless quiz.
- I still Snapchat and text my friends like crazy; some things just don’t change. But I read and study more on the train.
- I find myself doing Sudoku or crossword puzzles instead of playing games on my phone.