New year, no phone? Cutting down on screen time likely tops many New Year’s resolutions lists, but do you think you could go a full year without a smartphone? It’s a massive challenge, but you might have a real reason to consider doing so.
How does $100,000 sound? Would that be enough incentive to stop the mindless scrolling? That’s how much beverage brand Vitaminwater is offering one lucky Luddite to go completely smartphone-free in 2019.
Obviously you’ll need to meet some criteria first, which is why they’re asking you to share why you’d be a good candidate for the challenge in a post on social media. You’ll need to post your plea on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #nophoneforayear and #contest. If they pick you, you’ll have to actually prove that you didn’t touch a smartphone for the year by taking a lie detector test! Yeah, they’re super serious about this, so you better be ready to commit!
But hey, you’ll still be allowed to use a dumbphone and to experience the joys of partying like it’s 1999 – 24/7, 365.
If you only make it past the six-month mark and then slip up you’ll still get $10K for your efforts, but anything less than six months and you get nada, nothing, zilch.
You can get more info on vitaminwater.com.
So are you up for it? Be sure to add @techish, @jennjolly, or @jenniferjolly to your social media plea to be picked so we can follow your phone-free journey! #youcandoit!