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We Can’t Live Without Our Phones

The days of carrying around a UNICEF box for coin donations while trick-or-treating are over. As Americans we tend to be a lazy, obsessed with media and strongly involved in the instant gratification provided to us by Smartphones, Tablets or laptops. The old days of coin donations have been thrown out the window, making way for a new innovative way to donate to charity that has become widely popular in our culture. Best of all, it does not cost a cent and requires no work. The only thing you have to do is NOT use your phone.

The UNICEF Tap Project national campaign has just gone viral. The website and app track motion on a mobile devise, donating one full day of clean water to a child in need  for 10 minutes a phone goes unused. It couldn’t be easier or more cost effective to help the 768 million people that do not have access to clean drinking water. Not only will resting your phone save the lives of 1,400 children that die every day from unsafe water, but it is giving technology driven Americans a reason stop and smell the roses. Leaving your phone motionless just for an 8 hour night of sleep will provide 48 children 1 day’s worth of clean drinking water.  In the Tap Project promotion video, the narrator makes this great statement: “we think we can’t live without our phones, so why don’t we use them to provide something people actually can’t live without.” So, how long can you go without touching your phone?

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3 thoughts on “We Can’t Live Without Our Phones

  1. ncrabtree9 on said:

    The title of this post immediately caught my eye! I know if I ever forget my phone I feel naked. Sad to say but it is true and I am sure most people can say the same thing!

  2. finnegank0 on said:

    I absolutely love this! The idea of donating one full day of clean water to a child in need for 10 minutes a phone goes unused. But that sounds so good and it is so hard to believe that ten minutes without our phones is hard to do. We rely so much on our devices that ten minutes feels like an eternity. I think if we had to try this as a study, many of us would fail. I go without my phone while at work but I am always wondering what is going on while I am away from it, what news, whats on social media and so on. “We think we can’t live without our phones, so why don’t we use them to provide something people actually can’t live without.” That quote stated in your blog says it all and people should take a minute to actually put that into perspective as to what it means and the idea behind it. Other people benefiting from our essential suffering of not using a phone.

  3. sattagoll on said:

    This is such a great idea! When the semester is over, I will try my hardest to go a couple of days without my phone. As much as I love my phone, I am sometimes to caught up in the things happening on twitter, instagram, vine that I people distant from my friends. The fact that we can save a life by staying off our phones is such a great thing

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