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Saudi youth campaign against smartphone addiction

The campaign seeks to combat the harmful effects smartphone use has had on society such as an increase in the number of road accidents

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More than 90 young Saudis in the Eastern Province launched the "Don't be a slave to your mobile phone" educational campaign, al-Madinah newspaper reported.

The campaign seeks to combat the harmful effects smartphone use has had on society such as an increase in the number of accidents where drivers were using their phones and the deterioration of family ties.

Ali al-Farhah, who came up with the idea of the campaign, said it is directed at all members of society and seeks to limit the use of smartphones.

The coordinator of the campaign, Ahmad Al-Udwani, said the initiative was taken by the Eastern Province youth and will be expanded to all parts of the Kingdom later. He added that the campaign consists of three phases and will extend for 30 days.

“We have received the support of the traffic safety committee of Saudi Aramco, the traffic police, the University of Dammam and a private hospital. The campaign has been launched electronically and will be followed by lectures, symposiums and workshops with the participation of technology, social and academic experts," he said.

According to al-Udwani, last year, mobile phone use resulted in 14,625 traffic accidents in addition to nine divorce cases where men were accused of excessively using smartphones and ignoring their families.

In the last phase of the campaign, educational stickers and gifts will be distributed to the public.

Saad al-Dousari, a writer, said the campaign seeks to preserve the stability and cohesion in families and to educate the public on the proper utilization of smartphone technology.