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:
“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.”
– Richard Layte, Head of Sociology at Trinity College (Dublin) and scientific advisor for the study
Mindhood is a grass roots movement started at Dartmouth College. We are flipping the current tech-addicted culture with digital wellness peer trainings focused on current research on the impact of technology, ways to mindfully use our phones, and the importance of in-person relationships. Our goal is to create a cultural shift toward a more intentional use of technology that has implications for a more mindful college life.
Through Mindhood Communities, whether student governments, fraternities and sororities, sports teams, improv groups, affiliated clubs, or groups of friends we seek to counter the effects of digital dependence and social isolation. These could include phone-free events, designated phone-free spaces and meals, articles and podcasts, digital wellness and mindfulness apps like Siempo, Lilspace: Unplug for a Cause, Flipd, Apple Screen Time or Google Digital Wellbeing, Headspace, and Calm.
What Students are Saying