Have you seen the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma?” The 2020 film dives into the complexities—and consequences—of social media. If you’ve seen the documentary, you know the concerns voiced by former employees of social media corporations and how it’s impacting our culture.
In his book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” Jason Lanier writes, “The problem occurs when all the phenomena I have just described (the powerful devices suitable for behavior modification and online environments that bring out the worst in us) are driven by a business model.” Our outrage and discontentment is a business model. Let that sink in. When students—and adults—spend so much time on the platforms that “bring out the worst in us,” one can’t help but wonder what can be done to change these destructive patterns?
Camp leaders are exploring this very question. What many camp leaders have observed when teens come to camp is refreshing; campers often want to depart from their devices for a week. Sure, it’s difficult for some, but most are relieved to not feel pressured to be online and check notifications. There’s a freedom that comes with being in a place where the majority of your friends aren’t on their phones and you don’t feel the need to capture every moment.
What if the teens in your life could unplug for a week and connect with their peers face-to-face? What could they learn about themselves while taking a tech break at camp? Not only are students able to unplug and take some time away from the algorithms designed to create dopamine hits and evoke emotions, but they’re also able to embrace adventure and try new activities.
Help the teens in your life disconnect from their devices and enjoy more of life unplugged. Check out thepowerofcamp.com to find a camp near you.