PROVO, Utah (Dec. 14, 2021)—There’s no doubt: humanity has a smartphone problem. But there is surprisingly little research on understanding the mental toll that severe screen, social media, and internet use have on adults and children alike. Log Off Institute, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit, hopes to change that this year with their first national study on digital compulsion disorder—who it’s affecting most, why, and what individuals and society can do about it.
“When I first published Log Off: How to Stay Connected After Disconnecting, I was baffled by the lack of research on digital addiction,” says Blake Snow, writer, author, and director of Log Off Institute. “While we know roughly half of all adults and children spend too much time looking at tiny screens, we’re just beginning to understand the long-term effects of this impulsive behavior, and why some are able to break free while others are not.”
Log Off Institute hopes to combat this trending health concern starting with a donation drive to help fund the first of several national studies to be published in spring 2022. This will be followed by national media campaigns and ongoing awareness programs to support this important cause. “We’re not anti-technology, but we are pro-user,” Snow says of the new nonprofit. “We exist to empower people with helpful information about the growing problem, the benefits of offline health, and the joy of living a heads-up life.”
Starting today, Log Off Institute is accepting fully tax deductible, public donations through its PayPal-verified nonprofit account at http://logoffi.com. Donors can choose one of three programs to donate to: the first national study (coming spring 2022), the accompanying media blitz, or ongoing support and awareness for the cause. While the institute has applied for a federal grant, “This will cover less than a quarter of our annual operating budget, which includes research, publicity, fundraising, and all associated marketing costs. So if this cause is important to you or your community, we hope you’ll consider a generous donation on an individual or corporate basis.”
To incentivize donors, the institute is offering a free copy of the little book that started a movement, a personal chat with the author and institute director, or the ability to submit survey questions and feedback on future studies. In addition to making a donation, the institute encourages readers to share this news with any who might be interested. “Together we can have a positive impact on how the world interacts with these addictive technologies, and ultimately how we interact with one another in more meaningful ways,” Snow says.
For more information, please contact:
Blake Snow, Director
About Log Off Institute
Research shows that half of humanity lives head-down on tiny screens. Log Off Institute exists to encourage society to live heads-up instead. As a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, the organization solicits donations, conducts research, and publicizes the effects of excessive screen use while promoting the benefits of offline health. Our first national study on how digital compulsion disorders are affecting adults and children differently will be published in spring 2022.