So, how does the challenge actually work?

⬆️ click to view a comic guide to our challenge!

Pilot Study: Exclusively for UChicago

Flip Phone Challenge: May 13-19

Only 10 ‘Cell-Phone Centurions’ will get in to find themselves and their time away from the phone. Do you have what it takes?

Then join us by Sunday, May the 5th.

 

Who

  • You're a badass UChicago student.
  • You use a Smartphone user On AT&T, T-Mobile or other 'GSM' network. NOT VERIZON OR SPRINT.
  • You're sick of how your pinging phone has taken over your life
Do you own a smartphone, or does the smartphone own YOU?

Do you own a smartphone, or does the smartphone own YOU?

What

  • Trade your smart phone for a flip phone plus special tools and items to make it through the week
  • Take the challenge with a friend- you 'Flip Phone Buddy'
  • Hand over your smartphones to each other on Sunday, May the 13th.
  • Spend quality time on people and things that matter, live in the now and sleep in peace every night.
 

Why

We are running this pilot experiment to gain evidence on whether a smartphone detox is an effective strategy for reducing screen time. The anecdotal evidence of a dozen or so young people who took the challenge 'First Week Flip Phone' during the year May 2018 - May 2019 suggest it is, but we want to do a more rigorous experiment.

Details

  • No need to buy a flip phone- just deposit $10 to borrow one and get it back when you return the phone
  • Diets don't last. So we've used the best of behavioral science and the latest innovations to make your new smartphone habits stick even after the challenge.
  • Complete our short online course (yours for life)
  • Share your story on social media; e.g. through video interview