Punkt. is a fairly little, dynamic and independent company, and we want to preserve close connections with our customers and with people and organisations within the design world. As part of this, we regularly run 'Punkt.Challenges'. These include design obstacles that form part of postgraduate design courses, and digital detox obstacles where self-confessed smartphone addicts are welcomed to revisit their relationship with technology.
10 years ago, smart devices were still extremely uncommon. Now, a life lived outside the framework of the mobile phone is uncommon. 10 years earlier, a lot of people had smart phones, however they would generally only attract our attention if another person had actually chosen to call us or send us a text. Now that the majority of people's lives are so much more automated: the brand-new regular is to scoot around within a ceaseless attack of status updates, push alerts and a whole lot more.
Our Digital Detox Challenges have actually been running since 2016. The negative aspects of smartphones weren't widely gone over at that point, but there has because been a surge of interest in the subject. Participant 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 terms of tech addiction and the value of premium style in the genuine (i.e. non-virtual) world.
The big distinction this time round was that the term 'mobile phone dependency' had plainly gone into common parlance - in 2016 it still sounded a bit over the top, however in 2018 individuals were beginning to sound genuinely stressed. You can read the reports listed below, however here are some excerpts from a few of the numerous applications we got:
" The consistent scrolling."
" I attempted it with an old traditional phone, it resembled returning to an ex - with all the old pros and cons. Who does that?"
" We use our phones a lot - why shouldn't they be beautiful in addition to functional?"
" I'm doing my own version now, but I needed to go for a broke ass burner phone that's 10 years old ...".
" As a UI designer for digital items I've often questioned some of the success requirements used in my industry, specifically 'engagement' as a metric for success. Up until that changes, unfortunately it's really difficult to eliminate versus 100s of designers who are trying to hook you in to their products.  There is a specific paradox about this as I create for these products but wish to escape them. I believe it's an opportunity for me as a designer to value how valuable our attention is, and attempt to take that lesson back into my industry, hopefully to influence a modification in technique to innovation.".
" I have actually started getting rid of all my social media profiles and have right away noticed the favorable effect it's had on me. I am so much calmer now, and I 'd like to keep it that way, by also eliminating my mobile phone for good.".
Life is too brief to keep our heads down.
Innovation has considerably changed over the last century, from being a handy tool in our lives to keeping us as connected in as much as it can and for the longest period of time. This Challenge modifications that in its totality, pressing us into realizing what is going on. I've always enjoyed using the latest things, but since Punkt. has been around, I wished to change that, and with the Digital Detox Challenge, that's exactly what occurred. When you go from a constantly buzzing smart device to a phone like this, you realize just how much you can compromise all these applications that keep you hooked all day long: you don't need them.
In a method, you do end up being kind of separated socially from your good friends-- let's say if they "Snapchat" you or whatnot-- but you begin to understand that it's for the much better, and the Punkt. MP01 accomplishes just that. It teaches you simplicity and teaches you that you don't need whatever on your phone. Simply the basics.
If you seem like you are hooked on your phone, like most people I have satisfied, it could be a great time to provide this phone a try. A number of my own family members experience this sensation and I feel like passing this challenge on to others so they can get the hang of it. This Challenge has become so important in 2018 because-- as I said-- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and so on are here to keep us hooked in for the longest time. Do not think me? Download QualityTime for your Android and you will understand that you don't 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 go about it is with the Punkt. MP01.
The more time we invest looking at screens, the lesser daytime becomes-- and often, yes, more of a limitation. Whether you're checking your messages while walking to work, enjoying your smartphone with your friends (who are each enjoying theirs), or viewing a movie, daylight is a trouble.
We started heading this method because we desired to. Nowadays-- to a big level-- we just do it due to the fact that we do it. And since others desire us to do it.
Is this really how you want to spend your time on Earth?
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In 2016, Google staff member Tristan Harris left his task to found a new non-profit organisation called Time Well Spent, which looked for to broaden the debate on exactly what innovation is doing to us and caused the creation of the Center for Humane Technology. Ever since, the topic has actually exploded into the mainstream and it has become clear that it is not doing good ideas to our basic sense of wellness.
The house page of the Center's site includes a striking montage image. A generic graphic of a mobile phone is integrated with a picture of a female. She is not presented as being on the screen. She is in truth looking out from the phone, leaning with her arms folded on the bottom edge of the screen as though it were a windowsill. She seems happy, delighting in the view. And she is bathed in sunlight.
Maybe it makes good sense to utilize these brighter nights for something aside from taking a look at pixels? And when bedtime approaches, matching sundown with a digital sunset: everything turned off, leaving simply a land-line with a number known just to household and close pals, and a devoted alarm clock.
Joining those who have ditched their mobile phones entirely, integrating a fundamental phone with a laptop computer or tablet (much much better for typing on). Nowadays these concepts might sound practically radical, however as far as biology is concerned, they're what your brain wants. Hence the medical side-effects of tech over-use.
Because of the evident reduction in traffic mishaps, Daylight Saving Time is stated to increase life expectancy of a nation's citizens. Ditto prohibiting phone usage while driving, naturally (with a much clearer causal link). Phones are harmful in other methods, too: scrollers walking into traffic, selfie trophy-hunters taking one danger a lot of, and so on. But over-use of tech diminishes our lives in another method as well-- incrementally and undoubtedly. It gives us a narrower presence where we are less focussed, less rested and hence less awake. Over-use eats our lives, and it's becoming the norm.
Time for a rethink?
Do you find that any place you go, you always end up in the same place: in front of your mobile phone? Using it, or letting it utilize you, to remain 'connected'? Connected with exactly what individuals depend on back house. Linked this response with the most current report. Gotten in touch with work. Linked with games, YouTube videos, Wikipedia. Connected with pictures from the last vacation you took, and the one prior to that. What type of 'connection' is that, actually? This scenario is something that's approached on us, and perhaps it's time to start making some choices ...
A vacation is a chance to switch off, to experience new things. But if we don't likewise switch off our devices, if we continue to outsource our consciousness to image sensing units and sd card, if we're still connected to what we were doing prior to we left and what we'll be doing when we get back, it's as if we're paying a sort of holiday tax. Part of the experience is subtracted-- and not to assist the regional economy, but to assist line the pockets of shareholders of social networks companies.
Picture a timeless travelogue like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, minus this tax. There would not be much. As well as if we're searching 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 acquired but something's lost. And on the topic of getting lost, yes, without a mobile phone it could occur. And maybe you'll end up someplace that ends up being the emphasize of your journey. Maybe you'll find some intriguing dining establishment that isn't really on tripadvisor.com. You might end up talking with some residents. Absolutely nothing ventured, nothing gained. This connect the growing sluggish travelmovement, and the reclaiming of overland travel as a mainstream and reasonable option to flying, demonstrated by the underground success of The Man in Seat Sixty-One. It's all about being there.
If we do choose to have a vacation that does not revolve around processing huge information, there are a few options. We can go to the other severe, and leave home without any type of phone or tablet. (That never ever utilized to be a severe, but we live in extreme times.) And we have choices like changing our device's settings to 'minimum', leaving it in the hotel safe throughout the day, etc
. Or we can take a different phone. One that just does calls and texts. And then immerse ourselves in a different culture, have some adventures, or just delight in a little bit of peace and peaceful.
The physical act of swapping phones goes deep. It's a bit like flying the nest. And it's beginning to get in appeal: whether a low-cost, old-tech model or something more stylish and up-to-date, picking to in some cases use a basic phone is something that everybody can relate to nowadays. They might not do it themselves, however they definitely understand why some people do.
There are useful benefits, too. Just having to charge your phone periodically is popular with everyone however if you're going somewhere without mains electrical energy, your greedy smart device will be no use at all. Likewise, with a simple phone you do not require to keep inspecting that your digital factotum hasn't cunningly found some way of adding monster-sized information roaming charges-- it can still happen. It's the 'actually being there' that really counts. Sure, taking a trip without a mobile phone will indicate a couple of mix-ups, a decreased ability to strategy, to understand ahead of time exactly what's going to take place. But travelling sans algorithms is where the action is. And the screens on easy phones are frequently much tougher than the big locations of glass discovered on their more complex cousins. Changing a damaged mobile phone screen is an inconvenience at the very best of times; increase that by 10 if you're abroad.
It's the 'really being there' that actually counts. Sure, taking a trip without a smart device will imply a few mix-ups, a decreased capability to plan, to know in advance what's going to occur. However taking a trip sans algorithms is where the action is.