The convenience of modern technology can be a hassle. Being ‘always connected’ actually leaves us disconnected.
The MP02 is an elegant voicephone that doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot. This video gives a brief overview of why it makes sense.
Finding a balance
Punkt. was launched in 2008. In 2010 we launched our first product, a landline telephone. People thought we were mad.
Scroll forward a decade and – with 10% of the UK on antidepressants – people are starting to take a long hard look at the way we live; in particular, whether the “always on” lifestyle, the avalanche of convenience, really serves us as human beings. In particular, there has been a surge of interest in the subject from people in their twenties who are challenging the dehumanising system they have been born into.
It’s not too late to get the upgrade: it is still totally possible to function in modern society without an omnidevice welded to your soul. But it does take a bit of planning, in order to be able to step off the conveyor belt.
Easy first steps
- No computers (including smartphones) in the bedroom; get an alarm clock.
- Build the concept of the “digital sundown” into your life: put the gadgets away an hour or two before bedtime.
- If you use social media, start reining it in:
- restrict times you access it
- delete social media apps from your smartphone, if you have one
- tighten privacy settings
- start purging your list of contacts/’friends’
- Phone calls are often much more efficient than text exchanges. Maybe start experimenting with a few people in your life, using phone calls alongside text-based conversations, e.g. for arranging times to meet.
- Keep informing yourself about technology. The Punkt. Library is a good place to start, even if you just read through the publishers’ summaries.
- Ask yourself whether technology is filling some kind of hole in your life, that could be addressed more effectively in other ways.