GetLiving 2020: Do Not Disturb December

GetLiving is a monthly campaign to "Live More" and bring awareness to digital distraction.

This initiative was created by Rhea Bhat from Connecticut and Robert Fields from Pennsylvania.

TextLess Live More
December 8, 2020

Tis’ the season for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company. One thing that easily distracts and disturbs during this joyous time is your phone. When your phone vibrates or rings, you are immediately compelled to look at it. This brings us to this month’s Initiative: Do Not Disturb December.

Every smartphone has a function that is called Do Not Disturb. When you turn it on, your phone will not vibrate or ring. Removing the buzz helps people stop checking their phone 24/7, so you can study and do work without feeling the need to look at your phone.

Do not Disturb is a very powerful feature, and some phones even let you make exceptions for certain people or notifications. So if there is something important you have to look for, you can create an exception for that occasion. Many smartphones, including iPhones, also have a Do Not Disturb While Driving setting. Turn that on and design the automated message that your friends and family will receive if they call or text you while you’re behind the wheel.

SADD Chapters, families, and quarantines pods can host a Do Not Disturb context. Each person who participates should keep their phone on DND starting at a designated time, and the one who can go the longest without turning it back on wins a prize!

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