Mindhood came about because the human experience has shifted dramatically since the advent of the cell phone. Technology and social media overuse have taken a debilitating toll on society. Recent reporting from high school and college age groups indicate:
89% of college students report sleeping with their phone and answering texts in the middle of the night.
50% of teens report being addicted to their cell phones.
64% of adults surveyed said they “felt overwhelming anxiety” when they didn’t have access to their cell phones.
Since the introduction of the cell phone, reports of clinical depression have increased 70%.
“Phones can both enhance and erode our sociability; on the one hand smartphones enable us to connect and share updates with friends but they can also distract us and draw us away from the here and now when we’re with friends and family. The findings from this study are scientific evidence that if we put our phones down when we meet with friends and family, we not only enjoy the experience more but also feel closer to them and have a greater sense of belonging.”
Mindhood helps students flip the current tech-addicted culture with in-person digital wellness trainings focused on current research on the impact of technology, ways to mindfully use of your phone, and the importance of in-person relationships. We follow-up with student-led Mindhood Clubs, with a goal to create a cultural shift toward a more intentional use of technology.
Through Mindhood Clubs, students find solutions to digital dependence and social isolation. Club members create designated phone-free spaces in their schools, plan phone-free events and meals, and write articles for the school newspaper.
Students partner with national organizations including National Day of Unplugging, TextLess Live More, lilspace: unplug for a cause, and Brick. Mindhood is collaborating with Second Muse by participating in their joint research on the impact of technology on adolescent mental health.
What Students are Saying
I am now trying to focus on dealing with stress by making changes that positively impact my health, rather than deteriorate it. These include mindfulness and meditation and are are laughably simple, but you may not be able to imagine how much better they make you feel.
My first instinct was always to take a Snapchat of something and I realized I was living for someone else instead of for me.
My experience with Mindhood has definitely made me more intentional with my time and energy during this surprisingly busy term!
I love your mission, and I feel like I have been able to change my life for the better by being introduced to this philosophy. Using my phone less and being more mindful is something I have needed to do for a while, and I feel like this program has kickstarted that for me.