Technology If this woman stays off her smartphone for an entire year, she'll win $100,000

08:40  05 october  2019
08:40  05 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Vitaminwater is offering $ 100 , 000 if you can stay off smartphones for a year . She 's giving up smartphones for a year in hopes of winning $ 100 , 000 . Could you actually ditch your smartphone for a year ? Vitaminwater wants to find out, and it's willing to part with $ 100 , 000 if someone can rise to

"The $ 100 , 000 from #nophoneforayear can buy 4,332 24-packs of vitaminwater or 103,968 bottles. There are 525,600 mins/ year . A woman whose father lives in Puerto Rico, meanwhile, was focused on the cash prize: She said she would use the $ 100 , 000 to help her family rebuild after Hurricane

Could you survive for an entire year without access to Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram or any other app?

a woman holding a camera: Elana Mugdan, the contestant in Vitaminwater's © Courtesy Elana Mugdan Elana Mugdan, the contestant in Vitaminwater's "Scroll Free for a Year" contest, holds up her Kyocera flip phone.

What if someone paid you a whopping $100,000 to do it?

Elana Mugdan, a 29-year-old fiction writer from Queens, New York, has taken up that challenge in hopes of landing a big payday.

In December, Vitaminwater chose Mugdan from a pool of more than 100,000 applicants for their "Scroll Free for a Year" challenge. If she can go an entire year without using a smartphone or tablet, she gets the money.

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with $ 100 , 000 if someone can rise to the challenge of ditching their Smartphone for 365 days. The company will select a contestant who, for the next year , won ’t be able to use any Smartphones or tablets at all — such feat of strength will have to be accounted for all throughout the year ; the

Vitaminwater challenges smartphone addicts to abandon their devices for 365 unimaginable days. The reward? A cool $ 100 K VitaminWater contest: Ditch your The seemingly simple challenge includes reverting to a 1996-era mobile phone for an entire year . No smartphone or tablet use is permitted

To ensure she plays fair, Vitaminwater replaced her iPhone 5s with a Kyocera flip phone that she can only use to call and text. The beverage company plans to give her a lie detector test in February 2020, when the challenge ends.

During the challenge, she's limited to her flip phone, laptop or desktop computers, and voice-activated devices that aren't smartphones like the Amazon Echo.

Nearly eight months into the challenge — and still going strong — Mugdan says it's been one of the best adventures of her life.

"Getting away from the smartphone has been freeing, and it has opened my eyes and made me more aware of some of my other bad health habits." Mugdan told CNN.

"Now I'm working on turning my life around, slowly but surely, day by day."

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Vitaminwater is taking submissions for a contest whose winner will have to ditch their smartphone for a full year to win $ 100 , 000 . Would you be able to go an entire year without your smartphone ? Whoever wins will be forced to stay off tablets, too, but will be allowed to use a laptop or desktop

Coca Cola will pay her 100 k to stay off her phone for an entire year , and she is more than half way home. Elana Mugdan is a millennial’s millennial. She’s single, in debt, and recently moved back in with her parents in Queens, N.Y. She works part-time jobs while writing fantasy novels. She’s blocked the

Living without a smartphone hasn't been easy

Mugdan says she was happy to accept the challenge, but immediately faced unexpected difficulties.

"Once, I almost got stranded in the SeaTac airport because the phone number I'd written down was wrong, and I had no way of looking up the right one, no way of calling a cab or Uber, and no one in the state who could help me," Mugdan said.

Another time, her car's check engine light turned on while she was driving late at night in an unfamiliar area. Without internet access or her GPS app, Mugdan had no way to find out what the light meant or where to go for help. She didn't even know how close she was to the nearest rest stop.

The challenge has impacted her social life. Because she can't exchange photos and videos with friends or browse their social media profiles, Mugdan said she sometimes feels "disconnected."

"Being out with folks who are constantly checking their phones and showing each other their phones and taking selfies really highlights just how addicted everyone is, and now I feel like an outsider looking in at something odd and a little unsettling," she said.

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Yep: You can win $ 100 , 000 . All you have to do is give up your smartphone for a year . Keep in mind that if you are selected you can't use a smartphone for an entire year . At the end of the year you' ll be given a polygraph test and if you fail, all that self-denial will be for naught.

New York woman wins chance to ditch smartphone for $ 100 , 000 . A New York woman is trading her smartphone for the chance to win $ 100 , 000 if she can go an entire year without using She ' ll hang on to her job as a receptionist at a luxury real estate company while continuing to write and edit

Still, she's never going back

Despite some frustration and difficulties, Mugdan says giving up her smartphone has been one of the best decisions she's ever made and the key to her productivity.

Since taking up the challenge, she has made significant progress in her "The Shadow War Saga" book series — recording an audio version of her first book, completing and publishing her second, and finalizing the edits on her third.

Mugdan is so impressed with her smartphone-free life that she plans to continue living without one long after the "Scroll Free for a Year" challenge ends.

"I've decided that I will never go back to smartphone use once the one-year contest is up," she said.

"I don't think I can be trusted with the technology — if I have access to a smartphone, I suspect I'll go right back to abusing it, wasting time, staying up all hours of the night on it, and getting addicted to social media, and I really don't want to go back to all that."

If Mugdan continues to hold strong, that $100,000 will be money in the bank.

Motorola flips for its futuristic foldable phone .
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past. The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen. Samsung, Huawei and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-sized display when unfolded. Motorola’s new Razr phone, on the other hand, will be smaller than a regular smartphone until unfolded to its full 6.2 inch size. The idea is to make the phone more compact for carrying and storing when folded and not in use. © Provided by The Associated Press This undated product image provided by Motorola by Motorola’s new Razr phone.

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