Smartphone addiction is a reality around the world. Once a year for five hours, the MoodOff Day is celebrated through an absence of smartphone technology.
On the last Sunday of February every year, MoodOff Day is celebrated by hundreds of people around the globe who realise that their smartphone addiction has a detrimental effect on their relationships with those they love. To counter this effect, a conscious decision and commitment to use no technology for 5 hours as soon as you get up from the bed, instead spending the time with their loved ones.
Breakfast before Browsing…
A Morning in a year without Technology
To participate in MoodOff Day to curb your smartphone addiction, we recommend you:
- Avoid touching your phone unless someone calls you
- Avoid checking your e-mails and SMS’s (they don’t disappear…so we’ve been told!)
- Please wait 5hrs after you get-up, to get your daily dose of Facebook and Twitter updates
- Wait 5hrs after you get-up, to logon to World of Warcraft or Angry Bird (or whatever your favourite video game is)
We expect the digital deprivation will probably turn your mood off for a few hours. However, it could also provide you with an opportunity to try and do a few things you used to do before technology became so smart (if you don’t remember such a time, we are sure your dad might!)
Suggested alternatives during this time include:
- Have a coffee with someone and share a joke
- Go for a walk on your street and find out who your neighbours are
- Sit down for breakfast with the family (and actually speak to the people around the table)
- Read a newspaper (the old fashioned way!)
Counter Smartphone Addiction
By counteracting your smartphone addiction, even if only once a year for a couple of hours, you will be working toward rebuilding the face to face communication all humans desire. Small steps may lead to bigger ones, and soon you may find that your smartphone is working for you like it should: for your convencience, at a time that is convenient to you without reducing your quality of life or relationships with your loved ones.