College Students Report Being Happier After Ditching Their Phones for Course
“Everything is perfect right now. I’m having a lot better relationships”
Maybe more college students should try this. It sounds like it made a real difference.
CBS News in New York reports:
‘It’s Really Refreshing And Relaxing’: College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For A Week Changed Their Lives
Nearly two dozen Adelphi University students made it a full week without their cell phones!
As CBS2 first told you last week, it was part of a college course intended to break the powerful addiction of smartphones.
CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff went back on Thursday as students were reunited with their beloved mobile devices.
It’s old school in Jacob Dannenberg’s dorm room – with an alarm clock to wake him.
Handwritten notes remind him an actual wristwatch to keep track of time.
No it wasn’t 1999, it was an Adelphi University course called “Life Unplugged.” where students did the unthinkable one week ago – handed over their smartphones.
“I’m freaking out, I could probably cry right now,” one student said.
It was a bold experiment to recognize today’s compulsive relationships with ever present devices.
Seven days later, “who’s excited they’re getting their phones back today?” Professor Donna Freitas asked.
Gone were the nerves and the shakes.
“Everything is perfect right now. I’m having a lot better relationships… it’s a stress free environment no pressure about social media,” Jacob Dannenberg said.
“I think it’s really refreshing and relaxing… I was able to fall asleep a lot easier,” student Adrianna Cigliano.
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I had one of those iPhone 4 models and loved it to death. It finally wore out, at least the battery did but the real clincher for me was when Apple just abandoned the OS. I abandoned Apple and have not used a cell phone since.