With $2,400 on the Line, Could You Stay Off Your Phone for 24 Hours?

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Do you spend too much time on your phone?

Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, you do. Americans spend an average of six hours per day looking at their smartphone and check their phone an average of five times per hour, according to Reviews.org. Most people, 71%, check their phones within 10 minutes of waking up.

Those numbers don’t even take into account the amount of time we spend staring at our tablets, televisions, computers and so on.

At some point, many of us have tried (usually without success) to take a break from our devices — a digital detox if you will.

And that’s why Reviews.org is looking for one special person to do just that — take a 24-hour digital detox.

The reward?

Other than the satisfaction of knowing you curbed your digital cravings for 24 hours, Reviews.org will also give $2,400 to the successful detoxer!

You’ll have to swear off all tech from gaming consoles to smart home devices, submit screen time reports as proof and share your experiences.

Before taking on the challenge, the winning applicant will receive a safe for storing their phone and a $250 Amazon gift card to purchase a makeshift “techless survival kit” that might contain items like board games, a typewriter, books or other useful tools to make the 24 hours pass quickly.

This illustration shows the average American spends about 6 hours per day on their phone.
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The website says you should apply if you:

  • Spend more than two hours daily looking at your phone
  • Want to take a break from TV
  • Rely on Alexa to get even the most basic tasks done
  • Feel burned out from the sensory input of all the screens in your life
  • Are 18 or older and eligible to work in the U.S.

So are you ready to detox?

Head over to Reviews.org to read through all the details and apply for the challenge. Applications close on Sept. 21, 2022.

Reviews.org is owned by Clearlink, the same parent company as The Penny Hoarder.

Robert Bruce is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.