It was called the Disconnection Challenge – six teens between the ages of 13 and 17 participated in the joint U of O/Queen’s University study where they took a week-long break from social media.
Ok, so it wasn’t that dramatic.
The teens had limited use of their smartphones – they could check it for school, work schedules and to contact their parents.
The result? They slept better, spent more time outside, hung out with their friends and family, and when they got bored, they thought deep thoughts.
At the end of the week, researchers made this video (below) of students talking about what they learned in the hopes of inspiring other young people to take a break from social media.
Pssst. Adults? We can also help by leading by example. Let’s all make an effort to put down our phones and manage the time that we do spend online better.