February 24, 2020



Whether you find yourself out in public, or in the privacy of your own home, chances are that when you are in the presence of others, many of them have their eyes focused on their smartphone screens. Our lives are so focused on our phones that we are seeing the breakdown of relationships, attention spans, and critical thinking. What would happen if we locked our phones away for an entire week? College professor Donna Freitas recently conducted an experiment where she had her students untether for seven days. Join us for a lively and eye-opening conversation with Donna about what she and her students learned about our dependence on smartphones and what happens when we shut down, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

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Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:

Donna Freitas, Ph.D. – website (featuring her bio, books, and speaking opportunities)
Freshmen Give Up Cellphones for One Week
‘It’s Really Refreshing And Relaxing’: College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For A Week Changed Their Lives
‘Life Unplugged’: College Professor Making Students Give UP Smartphones For A Week To Test Addiction
What is the importance of ‘unplugging’ from social media and technology? (Dr. Donna Freitas on her research for the book The Happiness Effect)
Like? Social Media and Happiness – Dr. Donna Freitas (Video Presentation on YouTube)
Dr. Donna Freitas on Hookup Culture (Video on YouTube)
The Common Sense Census
How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day (TED Talk from Tristan Harris)
Connected, but alone? (Ted Talk from Sherry Turkle)
Human Contact Is Now A Luxury Good

Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
The Happiness Effect: How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost by Donna Freitas
Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses
by Donna Freitas
How to Break Up With Your Phone
by Catherine Price
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
by Sherry Turkle

CPYU Reading Discussion Group on Facebook

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