Mental Health at Work//

Arianna Huffington Challenges This Former Editor-in-Chief to Sleep Without Her Phone

Will she accept?

Elaine Welteroth says she’s addicted to her phone, and we’re not at all surprised. The former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue boasts over 240,000 followers on Instagram alone. In a recent interview with Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington, in partnership with iHeartRadio and Sleep Number, the millennial influencer opens up about her unhealthy relationship with technology.

“I have a huge addiction to my phone that I’m struggling with,” Welteroth says adding, “I think I’m not alone, right?”

Unfortunately, she’s absolutely right.

A 2016 poll released by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teens and 27 percent of parents feel they are addicted to their smartphones. Welteroth, who considers herself as part of that 50 percent, depends on her phone as an alarm clock. So, she’s never really without it. Sometimes she even tucks it under her pillow.

Luckily, Welteroth is ready to start engaging technology with intention, rather than being impulsive. “I recognize the value of really creating boundaries around this relationship that we all have with our cell phones and technology in general,” she says. Millennial influencer Amandla Stenberg– who gave up smartphones all together– is Welteroth’s source of inspiration.

“I see you [actually] as a leader, too, because it does start with acknowledging that you have a problem,” Huffington tells Welteroth. And she’s come to the right place.

Huffington says she has the perfect solution: “I’m giving you an alarm clock, that’s beautiful, vintage-looking,” she says adding, “Once I give you the alarm clock, what are the chances honestly of you putting your phone in the little phone bed?”

When Huffington challenges Welteroth to sleep without her phone in the same room, will she accept? To find out, listen to the full conversation on iHeartRadio, here.

You can also listen to the Thrive Global podcast internationally for free on iTunes and Stitcher.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.