24h of PAUSE Info and prize

PAUSE congratulates everyone who participated in the 24h of PAUSE challenge, whether they managed to unplug for the whole day or not. We understand that in our hyperconnected world, setting screens aside for several hours is not always easy! But the important thing is to try it and aim for more mindful screen use.

The $1000 prize for the 2023 edition goes to… Joanie Francoeur-Adam! Congratulations!

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Setting screens aside is a good way to free up some time for yourself, take a break from outside distractions, and focus on self-care. PAUSE invites you to participate in an unplugging experience: the 24h of PAUSE challenge.


Every third Sunday of November. Registration is closed for the 2023 edition.


Personalize your experience by choosing 1 of the 4 following challenges:

  1. 24 hours screen-free (no phone, computer, tablet, console) for all recreational activities = the ULTIMATE challenge!
  2. 24 hours without social media
  3. 24 hours without video games (including games on your phone)
  4. 24 hours without streaming (including YouTube)

Cash prize!*

Still not sure it’s worth it? What if you could win $1000?Not bad, right?

*Draw is open to participants aged 12 to 35. See the rules.

$1000$ cash prize

What does 24 hours screen-free mean?

If you chose “24 hours screen-free”, namely the ULTIMATE challenge, you commit to:

  • not using screens (no phone, computer, tablet, TV, console);
  • for 1 whole day (from midnight to 11:59 p.m.);
  • for recreational purposes (during your free time).

If you absolutely need to use a screen to work or study that day, it’s not the end of the world, but try to use only one screen and to use it as little as possible!

Also, we know that screens have many practical uses in everyday life, and it’s not really this type of use you need to avoid for 24 hours. You can therefore use a device as needed to:

  • Listen to a podcast or music (prepare your playlist in advance!)
  • Turn on an alarm, for example to wake up
  • Use GPS, for example Google Maps
  • Call someone (but no texts or FaceTime!)

Why try it?

By taking a break, you can evaluate the time and energy you dedicate to screens. You can then make conscious decisions about where you direct your attention, both online and offline.

Here are some reasons that have motivated others to try this experience:

  • “Because I’m aware that my screen use isn’t good for me and taking a break will be good for my mental health.”
  • “To allow myself a reset. This challenge was a pivotal moment that encouraged me to remove distracting apps and reduce my screen time in the long run.”
  • “To start a healthier routine. If I can do it for 24 hours, I can continue integrating screen-free healthy habits into my daily life.”
  • “To unplug and focus on creative activities.”

Remember, this unplugging challenge isn’t about eliminating screens from your life. It’s about gaining perspective, finding your balance, and regaining control over your attention and time. Are you ready to embark on this journey of self-discovery?

Not sure where to start?

We have tons of tips and advice to make sure your 24h goes great!
See our tips