Punkt. is a fairly small, dynamic and independent company, and we prefer to keep close connections with our clients and with people and organisations within the design world. As part of this, we regularly run 'Punkt.Challenges'. These consist of style obstacles that form part of postgraduate style courses, and digital detox challenges where self-confessed smart device addicts are invited to review their relationship with innovation.
10 years ago, mobile phones were still extremely unusual. Now, a life lived outside the framework of the mobile phone is unusual. 10 years ago, many people had smart phones, but they would usually only attract our attention if another human being had chosen to call us or send us a text. Now that the majority of people's lives are so much more automated: the new normal is to scoot around within a continuous attack of status updates, push notifications and a whole lot more.
Our Digital Detox Challenges have actually been running considering that 2016. The negative aspects of mobile phones weren't commonly talked about at that point, however there has actually since been a surge of interest in the topic. Individual reports are a crucial element of the Detox Challenges; by running the Challenges and releasing these reports we intend to keep the discussion of individuals's relationship with innovation prominent and on-going - both in regards to tech dependency and the importance of top quality style in the real (i.e. non-virtual) world.
The big difference this time round was that the term 'mobile phone dependency' had clearly gone into typical parlance - in 2016 it still sounded a bit over the top, but in 2018 people were beginning to sound genuinely fretted. You can read the reports below, however here are some excerpts from a few of the numerous applications we got:
" The consistent scrolling."
" I tried it with an old classic phone, it was like returning to an ex - with all the old pros and cons. Who does that?"
" We use our phones a lot - why should not they be gorgeous along with functional?"
" I'm doing my own version now, but I had to opt for a broke ass burner phone that's 10 years old ...".
" As a UI designer for digital items I've typically questioned some of the success criteria used in my industry, specifically 'engagement' as a metric for success. Up until that changes, sadly it's very challenging to eliminate versus 100s of designers who are attempting to hook you in to their products.  There is a specific irony about this as I design for these products however desire to avoid them. However I believe it's a chance 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 started getting rid of all my social networks profiles and have instantly discovered the positive result 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 considerably altered 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 amount of time. This Challenge changes that in its totality, pushing us into realizing what is going on. I've always loved utilizing the most recent things, however because Punkt. has been around, I wished to change that, and with the Digital Detox Challenge, that's precisely what occurred. When you go from a continuously buzzing smartphone to a phone like this, you recognize how much you can compromise all these applications that keep you hooked all day long: you do not need them.
In a method, you do become sort of separated socially from your good friends-- 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 do not 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 give this phone a shot. Much of my own household members experience this sensation and I seem like passing this challenge on to others so they can get the hang of it. This Challenge has ended up being so crucial in 2018 because-- as I stated-- 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 do not even take note of what's going on around you. If you feel an itch, it might be a great time to get that checked out, and a good way to set about it is with the Punkt. MP01.
The more time we invest looking at screens, the less essential daylight becomes-- and often, yes, more of an obstacle. Whether you're inspecting your messages while strolling to work, enjoying your smart device with your friends (who are each enjoying theirs), or enjoying a movie, daytime is a trouble.
We began heading this method because we wanted to. Nowadays-- to a large extent-- we simply do it since we do it. And since others want us to do it.
Is this really how you desire to spend your time on Earth?
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In 2016, Google worker Tristan Harris left his job to discovered a new non-profit organisation called Time Well Spent, which looked for to broaden the dispute on exactly what innovation is doing to us this website and resulted in the production of the Center for Humane Technology. Given that then, the subject has blown up into the mainstream and it has become clear that it is refraining from doing good things to our general sense of well-being.
The home page of the Center's website features a striking montage image. A generic graphic of a mobile phone is integrated with a photo of a woman. But she is not provided 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 delighted, delighting in the view. And she is bathed in sunlight.
Maybe it makes good sense to utilize these brighter evenings for something other than taking a look at pixels? And when bedtime approaches, matching sundown with a digital sundown: everything switched off, leaving simply a land-line with a number understood just to household and close good friends, and a dedicated alarm clock.
Joining those who have actually ditched their smart devices completely, combining a standard phone with a laptop computer or tablet (much better for typing on). Nowadays these concepts may sound nearly radical, however as far as biology is worried, they're exactly what your brain desires. 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 span of a nation's residents. Ditto banning phone use while driving, obviously (with a much clearer causal link). Phones threaten in other methods, too: scrollers walking into traffic, selfie trophy-hunters taking one danger a lot of, etc. Over-use of tech shrinks our lives in another way as well-- incrementally and inevitably. It gives us a narrower presence in which we are less focussed, less rested and hence less awake. Over-use consumes our lives, and it's ending up being the norm.
Time for a rethink?
Do you find that any place you go, you always end up in the very same location: in front of your mobile phone? Utilizing it, or letting it utilize you, to stay 'connected'? Gotten in touch with exactly what people are up to back house. Linked with the latest 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 kind of 'connection' is that, truly? 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 change off, to experience brand-new things. If we don't also switch off our devices, if we continue to outsource our consciousness to image sensors and memory cards, if we're still attached 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 kind of holiday tax. Part of the experience is deducted-- and not to help the regional economy, however to assist line the pockets of investors of social networks business.
Envision a timeless travelogue like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, minus this tax. There wouldn't be much. And even if we're searching for something a bit less intense for our fortnight away, the principle still applies. Whether it's a case of pings on the beach, or livestreaming from the Louvre, something's acquired however something's lost. And on the subject of getting lost, yes, without a smartphone it could happen. And maybe you'll end up somewhere that ends up being the highlight of your journey. Possibly you'll discover some appealing dining establishment that isn't really on tripadvisor.com. You might end up speaking to some locals. Absolutely nothing ventured, nothing got. This connect the growing sluggish travelmovement, and the reclaiming of overland travel as a mainstream and reasonable option to flying, shown by the underground success of The Man in Seat Sixty-One. It's all about existing.
If we do decide to have a vacation that doesn't focus on processing big data, there are a few alternatives. We can go to the other severe, and leave home without any type of phone or tablet. (That never ever used to be an extreme, however we live in severe times.) And we have choices like changing our gadget's settings to 'minimum', leaving it in the hotel safe throughout the day, etc
. Or we can take a different phone. One that only does calls and texts. And after that immerse ourselves in a different culture, have some experiences, or simply take pleasure in a bit of peace and quiet.
The physical act of swapping phones goes deep. It's a bit like flying the nest. And it's beginning to acquire in appeal: whether an inexpensive, old-tech model or something more trendy and up-to-date, opting to sometimes utilize a simple phone is something that everybody can relate to nowadays. They might refrain from doing it themselves, but they definitely know why some individuals do.
There are practical benefits, too. Only 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 examining that your digital factotum hasn't cunningly found some method of running up monster-sized data roaming charges-- it can still take place. However it's the 'in fact being there' that truly counts. Sure, taking a trip without a mobile phone will mean a couple of mix-ups, a lowered capability to strategy, to know beforehand exactly what's going to happen. But taking a trip sans algorithms is where the action is. And the screens on basic phones are typically much tougher than the large areas of glass found on their more complicated cousins. Replacing a damaged mobile phone screen is a trouble at the best of times; increase that by 10 if you're abroad.
It's the 'in fact being there' that actually counts. Sure, taking a trip without a smart device will suggest a couple of mix-ups, a reduced capability to strategy, to understand beforehand exactly what's going to occur. Travelling sans algorithms is where the action is.