Focus & Digital Balance

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

A Tech Day in the Park – Innovation and Mindfulness at Berlin Tech Open Air 2014

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This year’s Tech Open Air in Berlin (#TOA14) brought together a wide variety of speakers and listeners around contemporary tech innovations and their impact on human well-being. Apart from classical hardware tech fields like 3D printing, topics like mindfulness, using one’s full potential be it in creativity or efficiency or the capacity to focus were at the center of attention.

And so one of the most prominent questions posed throughout the day was how innovative solutions and hacks can shape environments streamlined for creativity, excellence and well-being.

Here is a recap of the day with some of our favorite talks. Continue reading

The detrimental effect of mobile phones on personal relationships

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We all know what it’s like to be distracted by our mobile phones. We’ve also all experienced what it’s like when the people around us are distracted by theirs. It’s no wonder that comic Charlene deGuzman’s timely video ‘I Forgot My Phone’ had 8 million views in its first week online, and now, just 9 months later, has amassed over 43 million views on YouTube. It’s an astute parody about a phoneless woman living in a hyperconnected world that’s both amusing and haunting in equal measure. Continue reading