First there was an experiment, followed by a book. Here's the description:
Challenge One: Track your digital habits. Make sure the Screen Time function is turned on in your phone. (Check your settings.) Note your daily and weekly average. Then, armed with this information, please take the survey linked below.
Each day you'll do a different challenge from the list at the right and record your experiences online. You've completed Challenge 1 already. Here's the schedule for the remaining challenges: (See details to the right.)
January 24: Challenge 2
January 25:: Challenge 3
January 26: Challenge 4
January 29: Challenge 5
January 30: Challenge 6
January 31: Final Challenge
January 31: Wrap-up
Challenge 2: Keep your devices out of reach while you're in motion. (No checking your phone as you walk across campus.) Record your experiences at the end of the day by clicking the Challenge 2 link below.
Photo-Free Day: Today your challenge is to go an entire day without taking a picture with your phone. Share your experience with today's challenge (was it hard or easy?) by clicking on the Challenge 3 link below.
Delete That App. Take the one app you can't live without and trash it. (Don't worry--you'll live.) Share your experience with this challenge by clicking on the Challenge 4 link below. Which app did you delete? Why did you choose it?
Today's challenge: Take a Fakecation. Except for class and required work, put a notice on your phone or computer that you're "out of the office". You won't be, but you'll be out of touch.
Today's challenge is to Observe Something Else. Reclaim the art of noticing. What do you see around you?
The Bored and Brilliant Challenge: After participating in all the challenges, use your new powers of boredom to make sense of your life and set goals. The final challenge is based on the first 6. You've observed your digital habits, tweaked a few of them, and gotten a glimpse of life beyond the screen. Now it's time to put it all together.
1. Think of an aspect of your life that you'd like to deal with but have been avoiding because you were scrolling through Instagram. It could be small and inconsequential (organizing your junk drawer, rearranging a room) or something bigger like a career change or focus or justifying a vacation.
2. Set aside 30 minutes where you won't be interrupted. Put away your phone, tablet, laptop or any other digital device. Put a generous pot of water on the stove and watch it come to a boil. If you don't have a stove or a pot, find a small piece of paper and write "1,0,1,0" on it as small as you can until the paper is full.
3. When you have completed Step 2 and are mind-numbingly bored, sit down with a pen and a pad of paper and focus on the issue you identified in Step 1. Draw or make a list or whatever way you want to record your ideas for a solution to this issue. You don't have to execute the plan yet--just get your ideas for a brilliant solution down on paper.
The Bored and Brilliant Challenge: After participating in all the challenges, use your new powers of boredom to make sense of your life and set goals. Please complete a final survey, using the link below.
The library will host a wrap-up event today at 4 p.m. in Library 122. Please join us to share your experiences with the Bored and Brilliant challenge. We'll give out buttons and serve refreshments to all those who participated.