Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:27

Digital Detox Challenge: Can you survive 24 hours without tech? AUD/USD $2400 is up for grabs!

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In what is also an obvious promotion for reviews site Reviews.org, the company has cleverly come up with a digital detox challenge for one person in the US, and another in Australia, offering USD or AUD $2400 to each successful applicant to do just that.

Reviews.org's Trevor Wheelwright has posted a digital detox challenge for one person in the US and another person in Australia.

Wheelwright asks "Do you need to escape your daily routine with a digital detox? We know it’s hard to take even a day away from work, school, socialising, games, and the endless scrolling and streaming online, but what if we could make it worth your while?

"Reviews.org wants to give someone $2,400 to go 24 hours without technology—we have a feeling someone out there needs a break."

Wheelwrite reminds us that "a digital detox might not be as easy as you think." The company's recent survey unveiled that "a lot of people are stuck on their screens:"

  • Aussies get 5.5 hours of screentime every day.
  • About 43% of Aussies say they stream more now than a year ago.
  • Aussies say their time streaming TV jumped from 3-4 hours a day to 4-5 hours per day since last year—that’s like working an extra half-day.
  • Over a third (38%) say they play games more now than last year.

So, if you’d like to be paid to unplug from all your screens and smart tech for 24 hours, the application is at this page for Australians, and here for those in the US.

If you’re selected and complete the challenge, Reviews.org says it will "reward you with $2,400 and a gift card for surviving the day. Plus, you’ll help curb your smartphone cravings."

Here's the video from Reviews.org, after which are details including "who should apply" and more, so please read on!

So, who should apply?

  • Are you burnt out from doomscrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity while staring at screens?
  • Is keeping your phone alive an emergency situation that leaves you tired of scrambling to find a charger?
  • Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like Australian/American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?
  • Do you know a little too much about your old acquaintances from social media?
  • We’re looking for someone who is definitely “into” tech but willing to challenge themselves.

Wheelwright adds: "If you’ve got the desire to ditch your devices for a day but still need to get paid, this is the perfect opportunity for you. If that seems too easy, you’re probably not the one who needs the detox, so you should refer your phone-addicted friends and family instead."

What do you get?

  • You’ll be the official “2021 Digital Detox Challenger” in Australia (or the US if you are a US citizen applying there)
  • $2,400 (AUD) (or USD for those in the US) as payment for completing the challenge
  • A day without doomscrolling, bad internet memes, or zoom fatigue
  • A safe (from InCharge in Australia), (from Amazon in the US) to store your tech in for 24 hours
  • A $100 Dymocks (Australia) or ($200 US Amazon) gift card to put together a tech-less survival kit (we’ve suggested some items below)

What’s the challenge?

Wheelwright advises: "Doing the challenge entails a little more than unplugging for a day and getting the money. We want you to be accountable with screentime reports, give us some feedback on your experience, and review your techless 24-hour survival kit."

Responsibilities and requirements

  • Must be willing to disconnect from all personal technology (emergencies excluded) for 24 hours.
  • No mobile phone
  • No television
  • No gaming consoles/handheld gaming devices
  • No computers/laptops
  • No smartwatches or wearable tech
  • No smart home devices (smart speakers, smart vacuums, etc.)
  • We’re not monsters—you can still use a microwave to heat up your dinner!

What will you do?

As the digital detox contender, you’ll have to go a full 24 hours without any technology. You’ll have 14 days from accepting the challenge to pick a day that works for you, so you don’t have to skip uni or work (unless you want to).

What you do in the meantime (without your tech to save you) is up to you. Luckily, you’ll have your techless survival kit.

After the challenge, you’ll submit screen time reports to prove that you truly went a full 24 hours without your tech.

What’s in the techless survival kit?

If you’re chosen as Review.org's 2021 Digital Detox Challenger, they’ll send you a tech-less care package worth about $100 to help pass the time. Here are a few items they suggest you might want in your challenge kit:

  • A typewriter to replace your laptop
  • Board games to replace video games
  • Writing stationery to replace text messaging or emails
  • An abacus to replace your phone’s calculator tool
  • Books from the best-seller list to replace the time you spend mindlessly scrolling through social media
  • Paints and brushes to make a self-portrait rather than taking selfies
  • It’s up to you, but the survival kit money is for making your day livable outside of the online world.

Dates and details

Applications are open now until 9:00 am AEDT on March 27, 2021 in Australia and 5:00 pm MST on March 26, 2021 in the US.

Reviews.org will be announcing the detox challengers on March 29 in the US and March 30 in Australia on its Youtube channel.

How to apply

For those in Australia, applications are open now and close at 9:00 am AEDT on March 27th, 2021 and you need to be 18 or older and eligible to work in Australia.

For those in the US, applications are open now and close at 5:00 pm MST on March 26, 2021.


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