Face it, smartphone addiction is real. We've all been there. Your text message sound goes "ding!" and your brain lights up with dopamine. You grab your phone, read your text, and soon after, without even realizing it, you're mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, eyes glazed over, barely even registering the brightly-colored squares floating before your beleaguered eyes.
Personally, I call this the "scroll hole." It's for real, and it's ugly. It rears its head when you say you're going to bed at 10 pm but suddenly it's 1 am and you've been reading the Wikipedia page for a side character on Charmed. Or when your alarm goes off in the morning and you decide to ease yourself into the day by watching the previous night's Snaps. It's a slippery slope, and most of us don't really want to confront the reality of being addicted to our phones... because then we'd have to actually do something about it.
Well, lucky for you, someone else has decided to do something about it.
we tried to get Brandon to make this deal, but he is too busy – will you turn off your phone for a year instead?… https://t.co/0zWnfvTB1N— vitaminwater® (@vitaminwater®)1544538570.0
Sounds simple, right?Glaceau Vitaminwater, first you need to: You can apply on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #nophoneforayear and #contest, Tell Vitaminwater why you need a break from your smartphone and what you'd do with your free time. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 8, 2019, to enter.
But wait! There's more!
If you can't survive the full 12 months, but you CAN make it to 6, you'll still get something.
According to Fox2now.com, Vitaminwater intends to use a lie-detector test to find out if contestants were as truthful as they say they were.
Yes, they did!
@vitaminwater #nophoneforayear #contest I would spend my time with my daughter and would actually to be able to fin… https://t.co/qzHAhmjhHz— Sofia (@Sofia)1544669771.0
Hannah here believes her "whole life" revolves around her phone.
I need a break from my phone because im addicted my whole life revolves around my phone. If I did not have my phone… https://t.co/3llAKF6GgJ— Hannah McMurray (@Hannah McMurray)1544716160.0
This grandma just wants her danged grandkids to stop playing Candy Crush on her phone.
@vitaminwater https://t.co/Oh28gTMkf2 I'd love to be able to say - "Sorry grandkids you cannot play a game on Mawma… https://t.co/HIlXiNPuHQ— Becky Moody (@Becky Moody)1544709307.0
Chantel has decided to tell everyone her marriage has gotten weak. Bold move, but I feel you. My husband hates when I'm on my phone. To be fair, it's usually because I'm looking at shirtless pictures of Antoni from Queer Eye though.
This challenge would be a huge benefit for my family. My marriage has gotten weak I’m addicted to social media and… https://t.co/0FLBZTRtK9— Chantel Gibson (@Chantel Gibson)1544731417.0
Maddie is up for the challenge because her wife left her for an Insta model.
I'm up for the challenge bc my wife left me for an insta model. #nophoneforayear #contest https://t.co/S0xlYZBKxe— Madelyn (@Madelyn)1544715782.0
Deb just wants to enjoy the world in her kayak.
@NBCNightlyNews I would spend way more time enjoying the world #nophoneforayear #contest @vitaminwater https://t.co/31OsT0FXwQ— Deb Ficke (@Deb Ficke)1544747952.0