The pandemic has reinforced the importance of technology in our lives. Remote work enables us to keep our jobs while maintaining social distance. Some children are doing the same with remote learning. We can attend weddings, birthdays and conferences without having to leave home.
No matter how entrenched your life is in tech, there’s always more to learn and do. Tap or click here for 10 tech tricks you may not know about.
As much as we’ve benefited from the digital age, we can all use a break now and then. This can range from putting your phone on silent to setting up an autoresponder for your email while you decompress. You can go the extreme route and do a complete digital detox, but that needs some serious commitment. We’ll tell you about one company that is offering all the motivation you need to unplug.
Put down the phone
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A report from Reviews.org shows that 75% of Americans consider themselves addicted to their phones, and 65% check their phones an average of 160 times per day. Wow, that’s a lot.
Can you take a break from tech for 24 hours? Review.org will give you $2,400 if you can do it. It sounds easy, but it entails more than simply ignoring your phone. Read on for details.
Here’s the catch
To be eligible for the prize, you must go 24 hours without your phone, television, gaming consoles, handheld devices, computers/laptops, smartwatches, wearable tech or any smart home devices, including speakers. The rules state that you can use a microwave to heat food, so the same should go for air fryers.
How to apply
If you think you’re up for the digital detox challenge, go to reviews.org/internet-service/digital-detox-challenge/#Dates_and_Details to apply. You must be 18 or older and eligible to work in the U.S. (Note: There is a separate challenge for Australia.)
Applications are open until 5 p.m. MST on Friday, March 26. Accepted applicants will be announced on Reviews.org’s YouTube channel on March 29.
If chosen as a 2021 Digital Detox Challenger, you’ll receive a time-locking safe for your tech and a $200 Amazon gift card to put together a “tech-less care package” to help you survive your 24-hour ordeal. If you complete the challenge, you’ll get $2,400. Just one person from the pool of entries will be eligible for the prize, but it’s free to apply, so go for it!