Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox and unplugging, customizing our connectivity, new technologies, distraction management, and a healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

Establishing Distinctions: OFFTIME sits down with Sarah Genner


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This week, we had the pleasure of inviting Sarah Genner over for an exchange of ideas, and a little Q&A. Sarah Genner is a researcher in the field of media psychology- but hails from a diverse academic background that also includes media studies, communications, political science, and linguistics. She’s about to complete her PhD at Zurich University, and in September she’ll take up a guest posting at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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The Aestheticization of Unplugging

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A still from Focus: Life Gear’s promotional video

From Fitbit to Google Glass, we’ve all heard about the advent of wearable technology, even if we’ve never experienced it first-hand. While it hasn’t exploded in the way that some tech-hype-enthusiasts had predicted, it’s only in its genesis phase.  A recent study by the Pew Research Center has shown that 83% of industry experts believe that by 2025, wearable technology and the Internet of Things will dominate the mainstream. But, as Rob Walker pointed out in his piece for Yahoo! Tech last month, there’s a fascinating counterculture emerging: “some of the most interesting gadgetized accessories these days have an unusual twist: their real function is to thwart or disable technology. Call it the rise of wearable anti-tech.” Continue reading

University ‘Insights’

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Teilnehmerinnen des HU Forschungskolloquium tauschen unterschiedliche Lösungen für Insights aus

Unsere Kooperation mit der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin bietet unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten und Chancen. So evaluieren wir zum einen ( OFFTIME ) auf seine Wirksamkeit – können unsere Nutzer tatsächlich abschalten, sich besser erholen und mit mehr Motivation an die Arbeit gehen? (Falls Du an einer solchen Studie teilnehmen möchtest, kanntst Du hier Details dazu erfahren.) Zum anderen besteht ein reger Austausch mit den Arbeitsgruppen der Arbeits- und Ingenieurpsychologie zum Gesamtkonzept von ( OFFTIME). So auch letzte Woche Montag, über den wir hier in unserer Serie ‘Hinter den Kulissen von ( OFFTIME )’ im Detail berichten. Continue reading