Punkt. is a reasonably small, dynamic and independent company, and we want to preserve close connections with our consumers and with people and organisations within the design world. As part of this, we regularly run 'Punkt.Challenges'. These consist of design challenges that form part of postgraduate style courses, and digital detox challenges where self-confessed mobile phone addicts are welcomed to revisit their relationship with technology.
10 years ago, smartphones were still really uncommon. Now, a life lived outside the structure of the mobile phone is unusual. 10 years earlier, many people had cellphones, but they would generally just attract our attention if another human being had actually decided to call us or send us a text. Now that the majority of people's lives are a lot more automated: the new normal is to scamper around within a ceaseless assault of status updates, push notifications and an entire lot more.
Our Digital Detox Challenges have actually been running considering that 2016. The negative aspects of smart devices weren't commonly gone over at that point, but there has actually since been a rise of interest in the topic. 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 technology prominent and on-going - both in regards to tech dependency and the importance of top quality design in the genuine (i.e. non-virtual) world.
The huge difference this time round was that the term 'mobile phone dependency' had actually clearly entered common parlance - in 2016 it still sounded a bit over the top, however in 2018 individuals were beginning to sound truly fretted. You can check out the reports listed below, but here are some excerpts from a few of the numerous applications we got:
" The continuous scrolling."
" I attempted it with an old timeless phone, it was like going back to an ex - with all the old pros and cons. Who does that?"
" We use our phones a lot - why shouldn't they be gorgeous in addition to practical?"
" I'm doing my own variation now, however I needed to choose 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 criteria used in my industry, specifically 'engagement' as a metric for success. Until that changes, unfortunately it's extremely challenging to combat versus 100s of designers who are attempting to hook you into their products.  There is a specific paradox about this as I create for these items however wish to get away from them. But I think it's an opportunity for me as a designer to appreciate how valuable our attention is, and attempt to take that lesson back into my market, ideally to affect a modification in technique to innovation.".
" I have begun eliminating all my social networks profiles and have right away seen the favorable impact it's had on me. I am so much calmer now, and I 'd like to keep it that method, by likewise eliminating my smartphone for excellent.".
Life is too short to keep our heads down.
Technology has actually drastically changed over the last century, from being an useful tool in our lives to keeping us as connected in as much as it can and for the longest duration of time. This Challenge modifications that in its entirety, pressing us into recognizing exactly what is going on. I've constantly loved utilizing the newest things, however because Punkt. has actually been around, I wanted to alter that, and with the Digital Detox Challenge, that's exactly what happened. When you go from a constantly ringing mobile phone to a phone like this, you understand just how much you can compromise all these applications that keep you hooked all day long: you do not need them.
In a manner, you do end up being sort of apart socially from your pals-- let's say if they "Snapchat" you or whatnot-- however you start to understand that it's for the better, and the Punkt. MP01 achieves just that. It teaches you simpleness and teaches you that you don't need whatever on your phone. Just the fundamentals.
If you seem like you are hooked on your phone, like many people I have fulfilled, it could be a great time to offer this phone a try. Much of my own family members experience this sensation and I seem like passing this difficulty on to others so they can master it. This Challenge has actually become so essential in 2018 because-- as I stated-- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and so on are here to keep us hooked in for the longest time. Don't believe me? Download QualityTime for your Android and you will understand that you do not even take note of exactly what's going on around you. If you feel an itch, it might be a great time to get that had a look at, and an excellent way to go about it is with the Punkt. MP01.
The more time we spend taking a look at screens, the lesser daylight becomes-- and in some cases, yes, more of a hindrance. Whether you're checking your messages while walking to work, enjoying your smart device with your friends (who are each delighting in theirs), or enjoying a movie, daylight is a trouble.
We began heading this way due to the fact that we wanted to. Nowadays-- to a large extent-- we just do it since we do it. And because others desire us to do it.
Is this actually how you want to spend your time on Earth?
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In 2016, Google staff member Tristan Harris left his task to discovered a brand-new non-profit organisation called Time Well Spent, which sought to expand the dispute on exactly what technology is doing to us and resulted in the creation of the Center for Humane Technology. Since then, the subject has actually taken off into the mainstream and it has actually become clear that it is not doing excellent things to our basic sense of well-being.
The house page of the Center's site includes a striking montage image. A generic graphic of a smart device is combined with a photograph of a female. But she is not presented as being on the screen. She is in fact 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 evenings for something besides looking at pixels? When bedtime methods, matching sundown with a digital sundown: everything changed off, leaving just a land-line with a number understood just to family and close buddies, and a dedicated alarm clock.
Signing up with those who have dumped their smartphones completely, combining a basic phone with a laptop computer or tablet (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. Hence the medical side-effects of tech over-use.
Due to the fact that of the evident decrease in traffic accidents, Daylight Saving Time is said to increase life span of a country's people. Ditto prohibiting phone usage 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 a lot of, etc. Over-use of tech diminishes our lives in another way as well-- incrementally and inevitably. It provides us a narrower presence where we are less focussed, less rested and thus less awake. Over-use eats our lives, and it's ending up being the norm.
Time for a rethink?
Do you find that wherever you go, you constantly wind up in the exact same place: in front of your smart device? Utilizing it, or letting it utilize you, to stay 'linked'? Gotten in touch with exactly what people depend on back home. Linked with the latest report. Gotten in touch with work. Linked with games, YouTube videos, Wikipedia. Connected with images from the last holiday you took, and the one before that. What kind of 'connection' is that, truly? This scenario is something that's approached on us, and perhaps it's time to begin making some choices ...
A vacation is a possibility to switch off, to experience new things. But if we do not likewise change off our gadgets, if we continue to here outsource our consciousness to image sensing units and sd card, if we're still connected to what we were doing before we left and what we'll be doing when we get back, it's as if we're paying a type of holiday tax. Part of the experience is subtracted-- and not to assist the regional economy, but to help line the pockets of shareholders of social media companies.
Imagine a classic travelogue like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, minus this tax. There would not be much. And even 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 acquired but something's lost. And on the topic of getting lost, yes, without a smart device it might take place. And maybe you'll end up somewhere that turns out to be the emphasize of your trip. Maybe you'll find some appealing restaurant that isn't really on tripadvisor.com. You might end up speaking with some locals. Absolutely nothing ventured, absolutely nothing acquired. This connect the growing sluggish travelmovement, and the reclaiming of overland travel as a mainstream and reasonable alternative to flying, shown by the underground success of The Man in Seat Sixty-One. It's everything about being there.
If we do choose to have a vacation that does not focus on processing huge data, there are a couple of options. We can go to the other extreme, and leave house without any kind of phone or tablet. (That never ever used to be a severe, but we live in severe times.) And we have options like altering our device's settings to 'minimum', leaving it in the hotel safe throughout the day, and so on
. Or we can take a various phone. One that only does calls and texts. And then immerse ourselves in a different culture, have some adventures, or simply take pleasure in a 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 acquire in popularity: whether a cheap, old-tech model or something more trendy and updated, picking to in some cases use a simple phone is something that everyone can relate to nowadays. They might not do it themselves, however they definitely understand why some individuals do.
There are useful benefits, too. Just having to charge your phone periodically is popular with everybody but if you're going somewhere without mains electricity, your greedy smart device will be no usage at all. With a basic phone you don't require to keep examining that your digital factotum hasn't cunningly discovered some way of running up monster-sized data roaming charges-- it can still occur. It's the 'actually being there' that really counts. Sure, travelling without a smartphone will suggest a couple of mix-ups, a lowered ability to plan, to know in advance exactly what's going to happen. However travelling sans algorithms is where the action is. And the screens on basic phones are frequently much tougher than the big areas of glass found on their more complicated cousins. Changing a damaged smart device screen is a hassle at the very best of times; increase that by 10 if you're abroad.
However it's the 'in fact existing' that really counts. Sure, travelling without a smartphone will imply a couple of mix-ups, a decreased capability to strategy, to understand ahead of time exactly what's going to occur. Travelling sans algorithms is where the action is.