Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox, unplugging and healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

On the “Future of Work” and our place in the “Internet of Things”

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We’ll be talking on two exciting topics in June and July: about the “Future of Work” and our place in the “Internet of Things”. For this we’re invited to the “Work Awesome – Conference on the Future of Work”, the “Work Awesome – Conversations on the Future of Work”, and “The IoT – Kitchen Talk – ROBOTS, CYBORGS, SENSORS”. Please come by, say hello, and join the conversation!

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Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think.

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Like many parents, Sandy is concerned about how much time her 18-month-old spends in front of screens. Weighing up the available evidence, Olivia Solon explains that she might be worrying too much.

Jessica’s tiny fingers dart around the iPad, swiping through photos to get to a particularly entertaining video: a 12-second clip of her dancing clumsily to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies. The 18-month-old taps “play” and emits a squeal of delight.

After watching the video twice, she navigates back to the home screen and opens up the YouTube app to watch an episode of the colourful animation Billy Bam Bam. Halfway through, she moves onto a Yo Gabba Gabba! game, which involves anthropomorphised fruits making their way into a character’s belly.

When Jessica’s mum, Sandy, tries to take away the iPad, there’s a tantrum that threatens to go nuclear: wobbly lip, tears, hands balled into fists and a high-pitched wail. “She does this a lot,” says Sandy. “She seems to prefer the iPad to everything else. Sometimes it’s the only thing that will keep her quiet,” she adds, frantically waving a pink fluffy unicorn in an attempt to appease her daughter.

Like many parents, she’s worried about her child’s obsession with screens. She wants to know which activities are best, and how much time spent on screens is too much.

It’s six years since the launch of the iPad and, with it, the rebirth of tablet computers. The academic research simply hasn’t been able to catch up, which means it’s hard to know the long-term impact on young brains of being exposed to tablets and smartphones.

The concern among some experts is that these devices, if used in particular ways, could be changing children’s brains for the worse – potentially affecting their attention, motor control, language skills and eyesight, especially in under-fives, for whom so much brain development is taking place.

Technology companies and app developers are throwing their marketing prowess at the problem, slapping words like “educational” and “e-learning” on their products, often without any scientific basis. So what are parents to do? Continue reading

The Right To Disconnect & Digital Detox – Adjustment of Labor Law in the Digital Age

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Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain / (c) Claudie Ossard Productions via Youtube

In France a new adjustment of the labor law makes it’s way through the parliament: the right to disconnect. If you work in a company of 50 employees or more – and not in the consulting and IT industry only as it was previously – your company has to install tools that allow you to disconnect during your free time. Tools such as VW that power down their Blackberry servers, delete emails as with Daimler or the usage of our ( OFFTIME ) apps. The amendment has come about because studies show that in the digital age it’s become increasingly difficult for people to distance themselves from the workplace during their off hours. This new law allows people to get the full advantage of their time off. Something we can only support and also found supporting evidence in our studies. People who take Offtime can better detach mentally, relax and have a more work vigour which translates into a higher productivity.

Article 25 – Adjustment of the Labor Law in the Digital Age (Artikel L. 2242-8): Continue reading

Shared Offtimes – A Smart Way to Invite Your Friends to Put Their Smartphone Away

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Looking for a smart solution to free your surrounding from being clued to their screens? You found it! You can now invite your partner, friends, colleagues and kids to a shared Offtime. Check out our latest release that allows you to invite other people to your Offtime (Version 3.0+ on Android, Version 2.0+ on iOS). The ones who have Offtime already installed get a direct push notification directly to their screen that they just have to accept in order to go into an Offtime with you, everybody else gets a charmant email that you would like to give them their attention with a link to download the app and accept the invite. At the end of the shared Offtime an overview is shown with who stayed for how long. You’ll be surprised about the magic effect this has!

Enjoy your shared Offtimes!

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Beyond Digital Detox and Singularity – How to stay Human in the Digital?

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How about designing our environment and technology as we wish and need? We have the honor to give a little keynote at the CeBit next week Wednesday, 16.03.2016. For this I condensed our ideas and thoughts a bit more, here is an exclusive preview. Please let us know when your at the CeBit too, so that we can catch-up (we still have some free entrance, let us know if you need any – first come, first server).

Beyond Digital Detox and Singularity – How to stay Human in the Digital?

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Offline-Places

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We’re listing and looking for ‪#‎Offline‬ places – you know: places which are analog and where there is really no or very limited network connection, internet or are technology-free zones – in Berlin, Germany, EU or the US. Permanent and temporary, existing because of technical gaps or social norms, on the countryside or in the city. Do you know any? If so, please drop us a line via on@offtime.co or @getofftime.

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