Officials at a British school announced they will implement strict rules on the technologies students are allowed to use during the day to help stymie addiction to social media, the Guardian reported Monday.
The new regulations include limiting activity on mobile phones, smart watches and Fitbit activity monitors during school hours. Most students were initially frustrated by the regulations but said they thought it might be a good thing after discussing it, according to the Guardian.
“Maybe you should just talk to your friends in real life – shocking, I know,” one student told the outlet.
The rules came partly in response to an increasing number of girls obsessively counting steps and refusing to eat meals until they hit their target for the day.
“The number of Fitbits and smart watches on young women with perfectly normal body shapes is quite alarming. I don’t know why people have this obsession monitoring every breath they’re taking,” said the school’s headteacher Cindi Pride. Girls are too often comparing themselves to each other in an unhealthy way, Pride added.