Switching

Switching

Rather than simply a set of instructions for transferring your data from another device (you’ll find this elsewhere), this Switching guide is a resource area that offers advice and inspiration for anyone considering moving to a more balanced relationship with technology, putting themselves back in control. It’s not about switching off, it’s about switching over.

The Punkt. Switching Resource has been created on the basis of substantial input from the public. It will be regularly updated, and new comments and suggestions are very welcome.

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.
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