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Say “goodbye” to constant availability: time-out app Offtime is set to reduce stress

Take Some OFFTIME

Berlin start-up Offtime launches its 1.0 version in collaboration with Humboldt University in Berlin – supported by a study which shows reliable data regarding its positive psychological effects

  • Offtime allows effective unplugging from the smartphone
  • The use of Offtime significantly contributes to a better recovery from work
  • At the same time, positive effects on work motivation are reflected

Berlin, 1st of October 2014. Today for the first time, Berlin start-up Offtime is going live with version 1.0 of its “unplugging” app in the Google Play Store. Already in early May, Offtime introduced a Preview at the re:publica 2014. The official launch is supported by a new work-life-balance study, conducted in cooperation with the Humboldt University in Berlin. This is the first time that reliable data regarding the positive effects of controlled smartphone “offtime” is presented. Co-founder and designer of the app, Michael Dettbarn, says, “we are very excited to go live with the new Offtime. In the last few months, thanks to the feedback we have received from our Preview users, we have continuously improved the app. In addition, he claims “the immediate positive effects from the use of Offtime on a daily basis are also shown by the results of our study at Humboldt University. We could not have wished for a better proof of concept.”

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