The challenge: A Facebook video suggested millennials pay too much attention to their phones. (Funny how I found it while scrolling through my feed.) Watch it here. Also, that phones can be addicting to us, causing sadness when we are away from them just as an alcoholic would experience a withdrawal from alcohol. So we are here to see if we can go a month (maybe more) without using our phones when we are bored. AKA we can use our phones for their intentions (to stay in contact) but we cannot look at our phones while in a social setting, such as dinner, while Kerri and I are together, or just when we are plain bored. Instead, we must find something else to occupy our minds like: thoughts or socializing.
We expect a short term drop in happiness due to withdrawal, but a long term increase in happiness due to the video’s suggestions. On a side note, we are both aware of the fact Facebook causes (as per scientific findings) depression because people post only positive aspects of their life. Having 500 Facebook friends can lead to 10 posts a day of positive posts which, in turn, makes the viewer believe they are not doing anything special, like their 10 friends are per day.
We will be rating our overall happiness and relationship happiness everyday. Here is the scale followed by our pre-challenge numbers.
- Extremely unhappy
- Mostly Unhappy
- Somewhat unhappy
- Somewhat happy
- Mostly Happy
- Extremely Happy
Before Test Ratings
Kerri Life Rating – 7
Aaron Life Rating – 7
Kerri Relationship Rating – 7
Aaron Relationship Rating – 7
Kerri’s Background: Kerri was born in 2000 and is a junior in high school. She has a part-time job and takes college courses part-time.
Aaron’s Background: Aaron was born in 1997 and is a sophomore in college. He goes to UCF part-time and works full-time in his family business.
Expect daily posts from each person focused on their happiness and what they do in downtime instead of looking at their phone.