Punkt. is a reasonably little, vibrant and independent business, and we prefer to maintain close connections with our customers 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 design courses, and digital detox obstacles where self-confessed smart device addicts are invited to revisit their relationship with innovation.
Ten years ago, smart devices were still extremely unusual. Now, a life lived outside the structure of the smartphone is uncommon. 10 years ago, the majority of people had smart phones, however they would generally just attract our attention if another person had actually decided to call us or send us a text. Now that many people's lives are so much more automated: the brand-new typical is to scamper around within a nonstop attack of status updates, push notices and a whole lot more.
Our Digital Detox Challenges have been running given that 2016. The negative elements of smartphones weren't extensively gone over at that point, however there has actually because been a rise of interest in the subject. Individual reports are a crucial element of the Detox Challenges; by running the Challenges and releasing these reports we aim to keep the conversation of individuals's relationship with technology popular and on-going - both in regards to tech addiction and the significance of premium design in the real (i.e. non-virtual) world.
The huge difference this time round was that the term 'mobile phone dependency' had actually clearly gone into typical parlance - in 2016 it still sounded a bit over the top, however in 2018 people were beginning to sound really stressed. You can check out the reports below, but here are some excerpts from a few of the numerous applications we got:
" The consistent 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 should not they be lovely 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 products I've often questioned some of the success criteria used in my industry, particularly 'engagement' as a metric for success. Till that modifications, regrettably it's really difficult to combat against 100s of designers who are aiming to hook you into their items.  There is a particular paradox about this as I create for these items however desire 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 change in method to technology.".
" I have begun eliminating all my social networks profiles and have immediately observed the positive effect it's had on me. I am so much calmer now, and I want to keep it that method, by also removing my smart device for good.".
Life is too brief to keep our heads down.
Innovation has drastically changed over the last century, from being a valuable tool in our lives to keeping us as hooked in as much as it can and for the longest time period. This Challenge modifications that in its entirety, pressing us into understanding what is going on. I've always enjoyed using the latest things, but since Punkt. has actually been around, I wished to alter that, and with the Digital Detox Challenge, that's precisely what happened. When you go from a continuously buzzing smart device to a phone like this, you recognize how much you can sacrifice all these applications that keep you hooked all day: you don't require them.
In a way, you do end up being kind of apart 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 don't need whatever on your phone. Just the basics.
If you feel like you are hooked on your phone, like many people I have actually fulfilled, it could be an excellent time to give this phone a try. A number of my own member of the family experience this sensation and I seem like passing this challenge on to others so they can master it. This Challenge has actually become so essential in 2018 because-- as I stated-- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. are here to keep us hooked in for the longest time. Do not think me? Download QualityTime for your Android and you will realize that you do not even pay attention to what's going on around you. If you feel an itch, it may be an excellent time to get that inspected out, and a great way to set about it is with the Punkt. MP01.
The more time we spend looking at screens, the less important daylight ends up being-- and sometimes, yes, more of a hindrance. Whether you're inspecting your messages while strolling to work, enjoying your smart device with your good friends (who are each enjoying theirs), or viewing a film, daytime is a trouble.
We began heading by doing this because we wished to. Nowadays-- to a large extent-- we simply do it since we do it. And because others desire us to do it.
Is this really how you want to spend your time in the world?
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In 2016, Google worker Tristan Harris left his job to found a new non-profit organisation called Time Well Spent, which sought to expand the debate on what innovation is doing to us and caused the production of the Center for Humane Technology. Since then, the subject has actually taken off into the mainstream and it has actually ended up being clear that it is refraining from doing advantages to our basic sense of wellness.
The house page of the Center's website includes a striking montage image. A generic graphic of a smartphone is combined with a picture of a woman. She is not provided as being on the screen. She remains 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 delighted, taking pleasure in the view. And she is bathed in sunshine.
Perhaps 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 sunset: everything turned off, leaving simply a land-line with a number understood only to family and friends, and a dedicated alarm clock.
Joining those who have actually dumped their mobile phones totally, combining a basic phone with a laptop or tablet (much much better for typing on). Nowadays these ideas might sound nearly extreme, but as far as biology is concerned, they're what your brain desires. The medical side-effects of tech over-use.
Because of the evident decrease in traffic accidents, Daylight Saving Time is said to increase life expectancy of a nation's people. Ditto banning phone usage while driving, of course (with a much clearer causal link). Phones are hazardous in other ways, too: scrollers strolling into traffic, selfie the digital detox trophy-hunters taking one threat a lot of, and so on. But over-use of tech diminishes our lives in another method also-- incrementally and undoubtedly. It gives us a narrower presence in which 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 wherever you go, you always wind up in the same place: in front of your smart device? Using it, or letting it use you, to remain 'linked'? Connected with exactly what individuals are up to back home. Gotten in touch with the current news reports. Linked with work. Gotten in touch with games, YouTube videos, Wikipedia. Gotten in touch with photos from the last holiday you took, and the one before that. What type of 'connection' is that, actually? This situation is something that's crept up on us, and possibly it's time to begin making some choices ...
A holiday is a possibility to turn off, to experience new things. However if we don't also turn off our gadgets, if we continue to outsource our awareness to image sensing units and sd card, 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 type of vacation tax. Part of the experience is subtracted-- and not to help the regional economy, but to assist line the pockets of shareholders of social media companies.
Think of a traditional travelogue like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, minus this tax. There would not be much left. And even if we're looking for something a bit less intense 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 but something's lost. And on the topic of getting lost, yes, without a smartphone it could occur. And perhaps you'll end up somewhere that turns out to be the highlight of your trip. Possibly you'll find some appealing restaurant that isn't on tripadvisor.com. You might end up talking with some residents. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. This connect the growing sluggish 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 everything about being there.
If we do decide to have a holiday that does not revolve around processing huge data, there are a couple of alternatives. We can go to the other severe, and leave house without any kind of phone or tablet. (That never ever used to be an extreme, but we reside in severe times.) And we have alternatives like changing our gadget's settings to 'minimum', leaving it in the hotel safe during the day, and so on
. Or we can take a various phone. One that only does calls and texts. Then immerse ourselves in a different culture, have some experiences, or just enjoy a little solitude.
The physical act of switching phones goes deep. It's a bit like flying the nest. And it's starting to get in popularity: whether a cheap, old-tech model or something more stylish and updated, deciding to in some cases use an easy phone is something that everybody can associate with nowadays. They might not do it themselves, however they certainly know why some individuals do.
There are practical advantages, too. Just having to charge your phone periodically is popular with everyone however if you're going somewhere without mains electrical energy, your greedy mobile phone will be no usage at all. Also, with an easy phone you do not need to keep inspecting that your digital factotum hasn't cunningly found some method of running up monster-sized information roaming charges-- it can still take place. It's the 'actually being there' that truly counts. Sure, taking a trip without a smartphone will imply a couple of mix-ups, a lowered ability to strategy, to know in advance what's going to occur. Taking a trip sans algorithms is where the action is. And the screens on basic phones are often 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 finest of times; multiply that by ten 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 plan, to know in advance what's going to take place. However taking a trip sans algorithms is where the action is.