Punkt. is a reasonably small, vibrant and independent business, and we prefer to maintain close connections with our consumers and with individuals and organisations within the design world. As part of this, we routinely run 'Punkt.Challenges'. These include style challenges that form part of postgraduate style courses, and digital detox challenges where self-confessed smart device addicts are invited to review their relationship with technology.
10 years back, smartphones were still really unusual. Now, a life lived outside the structure of the smartphone is unusual. 10 years ago, the majority of people had cellphones, but they would normally just attract our attention if another human being had actually chosen to call us or send us a text. Now that the majority of people's lives are a lot more automated: the new typical is to scoot around within a ceaseless assault of status updates, push alerts and a lot more.
Our Digital Detox Challenges have been running because 2016. The negative elements of smart devices weren't extensively discussed at that point, but there has considering that been a rise of interest in the topic. Individual reports are a crucial element of the Detox Challenges; by running the Challenges and publishing these reports we intend to keep the conversation of individuals's relationship with innovation popular and on-going - both in regards to tech dependency and the importance of high-quality design in the real (i.e. non-virtual) world.
The big difference this time round was that the term 'mobile phone addiction' had clearly gone into common parlance - in 2016 it still sounded a bit over the top, but in 2018 people were starting to sound genuinely fretted. You can read the reports below, but here are some excerpts from a few of the many applications we received:
" The constant scrolling."
" I attempted it with an old timeless phone, it resembled returning to an ex - with all the old pros and cons. Who does that?"
" We utilize our phones a lot - why shouldn't they be gorgeous as well as functional?"
" I'm doing my own variation now, however I needed to opt for a broke ass burner phone that's 10 years old ...".
" As a UI designer for digital products I've often questioned a few of the success requirements used in my industry, specifically 'engagement' as a metric for success. Till that modifications, sadly it's very hard to eliminate versus 100s of designers who are trying to hook you in to their items.  There is a specific irony about this as I design for these items but wish to avoid them. But I believe it's a chance for me as a designer to appreciate how important our attention is, and attempt to take that lesson back into my industry, ideally to influence a modification in technique to technology.".
" I have begun getting rid of all my social networks profiles and have actually right away noticed the favorable effect it's had on me. I am a lot calmer now, and I 'd like to keep it that method, by also eliminating my smart device for great.".
Life is too brief to keep our heads down.
Technology has actually significantly altered over the last century, from being a valuable tool in our lives to keeping us as connected in as much as it can and for the longest amount of time. This Challenge modifications that in its entirety, pushing us into understanding what is going on. I've always enjoyed using the latest things, but considering that Punkt. has been around, I wanted to alter that, and with the Digital Detox Challenge, that's precisely what took place. When you go from a constantly ringing smart device to a phone like this, you understand what does it cost? you can sacrifice all these applications that keep you hooked all day: you do not need them.
In a manner, you do become kind of apart socially from your pals-- let's say if they "Snapchat" you or whatnot-- however you begin to understand that it's for the better, and the Punkt. MP01 accomplishes simply that. It teaches you simplicity and teaches you that you don't need everything on your phone. Just the essentials.
If you feel like you are hooked on your phone, like the majority of people I have fulfilled, it might be an excellent time to provide this phone a try. A lot of my own relative experience this sensation and I seem like passing this difficulty on to others so they can get the hang of it. This Challenge has ended up being so essential in 2018 because-- as I said-- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. are here to keep us hooked in for the longest time. Do not believe me? Download QualityTime for your Android and you will realize that you do not even take notice of exactly what's going on around you. If you feel an itch, it might be a great time to obtain that took a look at, and an excellent way to tackle it is with the Punkt. MP01.
The more time we spend taking a look at screens, the lesser daylight becomes-- and sometimes, yes, more of an obstacle. Whether you're checking your messages while walking to work, enjoying your mobile phone with your good friends (who are each delighting in theirs), or watching a movie, daylight is a trouble.
We started heading in this manner because we wished to. Nowadays-- to a large degree-- we simply do it since we do it. And because others want us to do it.
Is this actually how you wish to invest your time on Earth?
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In 2016, Google worker Tristan Harris left his task to found a new non-profit organisation called Time Well Spent, which sought to broaden the debate on what technology is doing to us and caused the creation of the Center for Humane Technology. Ever since, the subject has blown up into the mainstream and it has actually ended up being clear that it is not doing good ideas to our general sense of well-being.
The web page of the Center's site features a striking montage image. A generic graphic of a smartphone is integrated with a photograph of a lady. But she is not presented as being on the screen. She is in reality looking out from the phone, leaning with her arms folded on the bottom edge of the screen as though it were a windowsill. She appears delighted, delighting in the view. And she is bathed in sunshine.
Perhaps it makes good sense to utilize these brighter evenings for something aside from looking at pixels? When bedtime techniques, matching sundown with a digital sundown: everything switched off, leaving just a land-line with a number understood only to family and close friends, and a dedicated alarm clock.
Joining those who have ditched their smartphones entirely, combining a basic phone with a laptop computer or tablet (much much better for typing on). Nowadays these concepts might sound practically radical, but as far as biology is concerned, they're exactly what your brain wants. For this reason the medical side-effects of tech over-use.
Because of the obvious decrease in traffic mishaps, Daylight Saving Time is stated to increase life span of a nation's residents. Ditto prohibiting phone use while driving, naturally (with a much clearer causal link). Phones threaten in other ways, too: scrollers strolling into traffic, selfie trophy-hunters taking one risk too numerous, and so on. But over-use of tech diminishes our lives in another way also-- incrementally and undoubtedly. It gives us a narrower presence where we are less focussed, less rested and therefore less awake. Over-use consumes our lives, and it's becoming the norm.
Time for a rethink?
Do you discover that anywhere you go, you constantly wind up in the very same location: in front of your mobile phone? Utilizing it, or letting it use you, to remain 'linked'? Connected with what individuals depend on back home. Connected with the most current news reports. Gotten in touch with digital detox blog work. Connected with video games, YouTube videos, Wikipedia. Linked with photos from the last holiday you took, and the one prior to that. What sort of 'connection' is that, really? This circumstance is something that's approached on us, and possibly it's time to begin making some decisions ...
A holiday is a possibility to turn off, to experience brand-new things. However if we do not also turn off our devices, if we continue to outsource our consciousness to image sensors and sd card, if we're still connected to what we were doing before we left and exactly what we'll be doing when we return, it's as if we're paying a kind of holiday tax. Part of the experience is deducted-- and not to assist the local economy, but to assist line the pockets of shareholders of social media business.
Think of a traditional travelogue like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, minus this tax. There wouldn't be much left. As well as if we're looking for something a bit less extreme for our fortnight away, the concept still applies. Whether it's a case of pings on the beach, or livestreaming from the Louvre, something's gained however something's lost. And on the subject of getting lost, yes, without a mobile phone it could take place. And maybe you'll end up someplace that ends up being the highlight of your trip. Maybe you'll find some appealing dining establishment that isn't on tripadvisor.com. You might wind up talking with some residents. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. This connect the growing slow travelmovement, and the reclaiming of overland travel as a mainstream and realistic option to flying, demonstrated by the underground success of The Man in Seat Sixty-One. It's all about existing.
If we do choose to have a holiday that does not revolve around processing big information, there are a few alternatives. We can go to the other severe, and leave home with no sort of phone or tablet. (That never utilized to be an extreme, but we reside in extreme times.) And we have alternatives like altering our device's settings to 'minimum', leaving it in the hotel safe throughout the day, etc
. Or we can take a various phone. One that just does calls and texts. And after that immerse ourselves in a different culture, have some experiences, or just take pleasure in a little bit of peace and quiet.
The physical act of switching phones goes deep. It's a bit like flying the nest. And it's beginning to get in popularity: whether a low-cost, old-tech model or something more elegant and up-to-date, selecting to sometimes utilize a simple phone is something that everybody can relate to nowadays. They might not do it themselves, but they definitely know why some individuals do.
There are practical benefits, too. Just having to charge your phone sometimes is popular with everybody but if you're going someplace without mains electricity, your greedy mobile phone will be no usage at all. Also, with an easy phone you do not have to keep inspecting that your digital factotum hasn't cunningly found some way of running up monster-sized information roaming charges-- it can still take place. It's the 'really being there' that actually counts. Sure, taking a trip without a smartphone will indicate a couple of mix-ups, a reduced ability to plan, to know beforehand exactly what's going to occur. Travelling sans algorithms is where the action is. And the screens on simple phones are often much tougher than the large areas of glass discovered on their more complex cousins. Changing a damaged smart device screen is a trouble at the finest of times; increase that by 10 if you're abroad.
It's the 'actually being there' that really counts. Sure, travelling without a smartphone will imply a few mix-ups, a decreased ability to strategy, to understand beforehand exactly what's going to take place. Travelling sans algorithms is where the action is.