The Digital Detox Challenge, Winter 2017

The Punkt. Digital Detox Challenge, Winter 2017

The Challenge has been running since the beginning of February, and participants' reports are now starting to come in. The format is different from last year; detoxers were offered a range of options, including 48hrs, seven days, and evenings & weekends for a defined period. Some people used a Punkt. MP 01, others used different brands of basic phones, and a couple of people went totally phone-free.

We've noticed that even though it's only six months or so since the last Challenge, there has been a definite shift in people's attitudes to technology overload - ranging from what we're seeing in the reports as they arrive, to wider discussion on blogs and in the traditional media.

We'll be posting new reports here on a regular basis, so keep checking in.

There are some interesting stories coming through.

Mirko Borsche ist hin und weg von einem Handy, das fast gar nichts kann

Mirko Borsche ist hin und weg von einem Handy, das fast gar nichts kann

Tillmann Prüfer - ZEITmagazins,

Neulich fiel mir auf, dass ich selbst auf dem Klo noch das Bedürfnis hatte, schnell mal ZEIT ONLINE zu checken. So geht es nicht weiter, dachte ich. Und besorgte mir ein Handy, mit dem man genau...
Amy gets Punkt.

Amy gets Punkt.

PH

I was grieving. My long term partner, my iPhone had left me unexpectedly and I didn’t know what to do. As I went through a week’s worth of mourning and feeling disconnected from the...
If you need a digital detox, you'll love this smart dumbphone

If you need a digital detox, you'll love this smart dumbphone

Rene Chun - Wired

TO CASH IN on the growing anxiety that we are fast becoming a bunch of Wi-Fi-enabled cyborgs, the marketplace has spawned a new consumer category: products to free you from the crushing grip of...
Turning on, tuning in and dropping out by Punkt-ing connectivity

Turning on, tuning in and dropping out by Punkt-ing connectivity

Simon Balsom

 The physical presence of the MP01 is a constant reminder of my commitment to a different mind-set during this period. A reminder to look up and out. To engage with my senses and with those...
I hate poorly-made products

I hate poorly-made products

Jakub Mikuláštík

My story is a bit different, since I was already without a smartphone before I got my MP 01, but here goes... As with many things in life, ditching my smartphone wasn’t much of a...
No memes, no links, no rabbit holes

No memes, no links, no rabbit holes

Ray Larose

As someone who has been fully immersed in high-tech for the last 25 years, I have always been connected in one form or another, nearly around the clock. In the early 1990’s, my world was that...
No more endless scrolling through the abyss

No more endless scrolling through the abyss

Philip Lalonde

My process of restructuring how I use technology involved giving up an LG G4, and what I miss most is the quality of its design. I downgraded to a Polaroid Link cell‑phone. It...
My brain suddenly felt like it belonged to me.

My brain suddenly felt like it belonged to me.

Stuart R. T.

Nicotine. Barbiturates. Cocaine. Alcohol. Heroin. The five most addictive things on the planet.   I’ve never had a problem with any of them. Except maybe scrumpy back in ’87....
In the real world

In the real world

David Tucker

Well, completing the Digital Detox was nowhere near as challenging as I thought it would be. I am an active-duty military officer currently deployed in the Middle East, and have used my smartphone...
A more radical version of the Challenge

A more radical version of the Challenge

Joe Corneli

“How do we interact with technology. Do we use it, or does it use us? What price do we pay for convenience, for seamless living?”   This is the first writing prompt from Punkt....
In general, I love technology…

In general, I love technology…

Mark O'Connell

I work in IT and in general I love technology and use it for my job. For many years I was a Blackberry user. The Blackberry was extremely configurable; alerts could be switched on or off, different...
I wanted to reconnect

I wanted to reconnect

Thomas Schmidt

I had been admiring the Punkt. MP 01 phone for its beauty and simplicity for quite a while, and when I heard about the Digital Detox Challenge I was more than willing to give it a shot. I had tried...
Master (your) time

Master (your) time

Loic Gallouedec

Notifications, alerts and reminders have become masters of our time. Gourmands for constant news flow, Prisoners of social media’s whirlwind, Hostages of our smartphones and tablets,...
Do you remember the Crackberry?

Do you remember the Crackberry?

Iain Farrell

The notion of a digital detox is growing in popularity. In the less than 10 years since the introduction of the iPhone, we've gone from a planet of smartphone sceptics to fully paid up converts...
Why you need to try a Digital Detox

Why you need to try a Digital Detox

Andy Bush

I vividly remember the day I got my first smartphone, I unboxed it on the bus home and marvelled at the touch screen which I genuinely thought was ‘magic’. From the moment it booted up my...
I just got Punkt.

I just got Punkt.

Will Otto

What if your phone actually did less? Do you think you could accomplish more (of what really matters)? My kids need technology. Not like you or I need air and water, but like how a crackhead needs...
Who serves who?

Who serves who?

Will Otto

Digital Addict My name is Will. I am 37 years old. I am a father of four, a husband to one, and I am a digital addict. Dealingwithmajorlove / haterelationshipwithtechnology....
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