Nearly two dozen Adelphi University students made it a full week without their cell phones!
It was part of a college course intended to break the powerful addiction of smartphones.
It’s old school in Jacob Dannenberg’s dorm room – with an alarm clock to wake him. Handwritten notes remind him and an actual wristwatch helps 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.