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Researchers at JFK Medical center recently found that some teens are sending text messages for hours after they’ve gone to bed.

Another report showed that half of students are using some form of media while they’re doing homework.

And while not everyone agrees that all the stats on teens and technology are bad — some doctors believe it makes you smarter — we do think missing out on sleep could be problematic. To find out if tossing the tech could make a difference in your life, we challenged three teens to go tech-free for a week. Find out what happened in the videos below.

And if you’re you up for unplugging, check out the slideshow to get some guidelines for the challenge, then go for it! And let us know how it goes!

 

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After letting all the important people in your life know, ask someone you trust to hold on to your phone for the week.

You could try to stay away from it yourself, but you're much more likely to succeed if it's not in your bag or backpack, tempting you.

And don't worry, you can always use a land line or a friend's phone in case of a true emergency.

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You might want to let people know about this advance...or you might not. Either way, when you decide to take the challenge, you've got to click "Log Out" and mean it. Don't worry, everything will still be there when you get back.

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Want to make this work? Try using the software your parents use to protect against viruses to block every site but the ones you absolutely need to do your homework.

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Remember, it's only going to last for a week. When you think about texting or messaging a friend, why not stop by their house? Or if you want to mindlessly scroll Facebook, go for a walk around the neighborhood.

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Did you last all seven days? Congrats! Take a few minutes to think about what you did during the time you'd normally be plugged in. Did you get more sleep? Have actual conversations with your family? Find out what it felt like to do just one thing at a time? If you like those things, consider taking a permanent break from technology on the weekends. Or ONLY use it on the weekends. At the very least, you'll know what life is like without so much tech, so you'll be able to tell if it's getting out of control in the future.

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Could you live without your phone or Facebook?

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Did these three teens survive their tech-free week?

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