Scroll Free September is an initiative being run by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and being backed by the NHS . The Royal Society For Public Health , which is leading the campaign, expects tens of thousands of people from 56 different nations to quit the most popular social media apps for the month. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube will be off limits to all who are joining the month long digital detox.
The charity points to growing evidence of the negative impacts of social media in young people. Research from 2017 that inspired the campaign shows that anxiety and depression, negative body image, cyberbullying, poor sleep and FOMO (fear of missing out) are all affecting young people online.
There are five levels of challenge – Cold Turkey, Social Butterfly, Night Owl, Busy Bee and Sleeping Dog.
Cold Turkey is complete break from all social media for 30 days but if that is too much then you can choose Night Owl and take a break after 6pm.
Taking a break from social media at social events and actually taking to your friends is the challenge set by the Social Butterfly Level.
The Sleeping Dog means avoiding to check your social media accounts last thing before you go to bed and first thing in the morning.
Finally, the Bust Bee level is aimed at improving your productivity by logging off social media while in school or work.