Prior to being selected to take part in the Punkt. MP01 Digital Detox Challenge, giving up my smartphone and restoring some type of work/life balance was something I had been pondering for some time. I had recently become frustrated with endless charging, wastefulness and constant updates rendering the phone obsolete – but can you manage as a freelancer in 2016 not being connected 24/7?
The first thing I noticed early into the challenge was how much I enjoyed phone calls on the MP01. Phone calls without the buzzing of notifications mid-call, or the device getting hotter and hotter against my ear – actually going out of my way to call instead of text, much to the receiver’s surprise. I also took this opportunity to start using the right tool for the right job again – carrying cameras to document anything important and using books as source material/inspiration. The overall planning ahead of any trip or event during this detox became interesting again. In a way during the challenge making more effort due to lack of options that a smart phone allows, felt refreshing.
I’m happy to say that I have continued beyond the 48hr challenge and now use the MP01 as my primary phone. I still of course have a laptop for all things work-related and with that I can now better control my online time. My social media accounts such as Instagram have now become more of a blog platform which I use/post to during studio hours. I no longer worry about chargers on weekend trips/festivals or feel guilty every night plugging the phone in. I will of course treat this as an ongoing experiment and if I feel creative opportunities are being lost due to not being connected 24/7, then I can always revert to the former. As for now I’m very much enjoying the feel of buttons again.
Ryan Chapman, Illustrator