vitaminwater has issued the ultimate challenge: go an entire year without using your smartphone and win $100,000. One lucky cell phone addict will get their chance to break the habit and get a little bit richer. They’re calling the challenge Scroll-Free For a Year.
The participant gets a flip phone straight out of 1996, which they can use for calls only. They are forbidden from using, caressing, kissing or otherwise touching a smartphone or tablet for 365 days. This includes phones or tablets that don’t belong to them. If they’re successful through the end of the contest, they get paid. If they only make it six months, they still get $10,000.
It’s unclear how vitaminwater will track this, but they do say a lie detector test will be used at the end. While you’re cell phone free for 365 days, it’s plenty of time to look up how to fake a polygraph test. (We’re kidding… maybe.)
If this sounds like a good deal to you, all you have to do is post a photo or video on your Twitter or Instagram before January 8, 2019. You have to detail what you would do while you’re cell phone free, and include the hashtags #NoPhoneForAYear and #Contest. On January 22, 2019, they will announce the lucky participants.
It’s important to note that you need to be 18 or older and a United States resident. You also can’t be required to use a smartphone for your work or other commitments – you would most likely get fired as a result of the contest.
Sounds like an interesting challenge. Could you do it?
— vitaminwater® (@vitaminwater) December 11, 2018