The Digital Detox Challenge, Summer 2016
Ten years ago, smartphones were still very unusual. Now, a life lived without the framework of a smartphone is very unusual, at least in the ‘developed’ world. Ten years ago most people had mobile phones, but they would generally only attract our attention if another human being had decided to call us or send a text. Now that our lives are so much more automated, the new normal is to scurry around within a ceaseless onslaught of status updates, push notifications and the like.
But taking a break for a couple of days wouldn’t be a big deal, would it? This summer, Punkt. will be running a Digital Detox Challenge. It’s simple – live without your smartphone for 48 hours – but it may not be easy. It’s certainly going to be illuminative...
Here’s how it works.
Punkt. will be issuing an MP 01 handset to a limited number of participants: a mixture of journalists and members of the public who have successfully applied. These will choose a 48hour period that suits them (perhaps while they’re on holiday), and when that time arrives, put their smartphone away. They will then document how things go, sharing their experiences with Punkt., both electronically and by writing some thoughts on a postcard (that’s a physical postcard, with a stamp on it) and sending it by real mail to Punkt.’s HQ in Switzerland.
Participants who successfully live without their smartphone for 48 hours will be allowed to keep their MP 01.
Photo if poss, not live blog.
Fancy taking part? Fill out the Digital Detox Challenge application form.