First response to that will be no, but it is not true. New researches have found that our memory capacity, ability to process data, and general intelligence improves significantly when our smartphone is completely out of sight. Additionally, it was found that using a smartphone before bed can make it harder to fall asleep due to the blue light it emits. But one of the most important things that affect us is the one related to relationships.
are so important but since the new digital era comes to our lives
seems that phones are more important than people. People is paying
more attention in devices that in his/her family or friends, this
leads to antisocial and less empathetic behavior that ruining our
lives. Are you aware of that? The dopamine hits we receive every
time we get a push notification may be to blame, so much so that many
of us have convinced ourselves that our push notifications are more
important than who or what is around us.
continually scrolling obsessively through social media or checking
our smartphone (studies shows that almost 85 times per day! And this
often includes middle-of-the-night checks for work emails and new
“likes”). We’re so obsessed that there’s now a word to
describe a fear of being without your phone: “Nomophobia”.
Everyday there are more and more addiction centers to people who
spend all the time in games and internet, and some of them are just
should we do about this?
are two paths to improving this situation. We can wait until a
transformation of the technology change or we can do something by
ourselves. Benefits will be more than you think: you will focus in
the things that matter, be present, enjoy your relationships, sleep
better and so more.
App can help you to balance your digital live, limit you time using
your device to be present, focus in your work blocking your apps.
It is your decision, you decide how you want to spend your life, we just help you to improve it!
Social media has become a huge
part of everyone’s life. Whether you show your trips, the restaurants you go or
everytime you spend time with your family and Friends,we tend to publish it to out
accounts. But do you really know which other data your favourite platforms are
collecting? Don’t worry, we will show you.
When you social media app asks for permissions and authorization when you use it for the first or when it updates, but you don’t know that apps still recollect some data that you might not know. Information is key to set your privacy settings, or before you delete them thanks to the help of OffTime app.
Here is the data Facebook
· Information and content you provide
Posts, communication, location of photos or posts, date of
post, Facebook profile info, contact information.
· Networks and connections
Information about the people, pages, accounts, hashtags and
groups you are connected with and how you interact with them.
· Your usage
How you use Facebook products, features you use, actions
you take, frequency and duration of your activities.
· Information about transactions made
For any financial transactions made, payment information,
billing, shipping and contact details are recorded.
· Things others do and information they provide about you
Track and analyze content, communications and information other people provide.
· Device attributes
Hardware, software version, battery level, signal strength, available storage, browser type, plugins.
· Device operations
Operations and behaviors performed (mouse movements, window
· Device identifiers
Device IDs and identifiers from games.
· Device signals
Bluetooth signals and information about nearby Wi-Fi access
points, beacons and cell towers.
· Data from device settings
Information on device settings (GPS location, camera or
· Network and Connections
Name of mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone. Mobile
phone number, IP address, connection speed and information about other nearby
devices on the network.
· Cookie Data
Cookie IDs and settings.
· Information from partners
Information from advertisers, app developers or publishers when you link them to Facebook.
Although LinkedIn is a network more focused to job and the work evironment, be careful, becaouse you may be given it more data tan you think. Here is a list of all the data LinkedIn collects:
Information from advertisers, app developers or publishers when you link them to Facebook.
· Registration info
Email address, mobile number, name, password, possibly
payment and billing info.
· Info from posting and uploading
Info from surveys or resumes and contacts that have been
· Content and news
Info you or others post about you.
· Contact and calendar info
Contact info that is synced with their services.
· Info from the partners or companies
Data is collected from LinkedIn’s affiliates, such as using
data from your Outlook contacts to improve your networking on LinkedIn.
· Service use
It’s recorded when you use their sites, apps, or platform
· Cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies
Cookies, beacons, pixels, ad tags and device identifiers
· Your device and location
URL of the site you come from and the site you go to next,
IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser, add ons and GPS if
When a message is sent, received or engaged with.
· Workplace and school provided info
If your employer or school buys a premium service for you
to use, they give data about you.
· Other sites and services
Data is collected when you log in with LinkedIn on other
sites or use other sites that include LinkedIn plugins (buttons that say “Share
on LinkedIn” or “Apply with LinkedIn”)
And what about Twitter? What Data Does Twitter Collect? When using the browser or app, Twitter collects data about you and your device :
· Device and Personal Information
IP address, email address, phone number, address book
contacts, public profile
What you’ve read, liked or retweeted
Now that you know how your information is being handled, maybe
it’s time to take OffTime with our app.
Our mobile has become an element that is always on top of our priorities. Hands and pockets have stopped being used for other mission than holding our device. Have you ever left the room leaving your mobile, or have you forgotten it and had to go back for it because you got nervous? We bring you ten little tips so that little by little you can forget your device.
In the previous post, we talked about the term “nomophobia” (the disease suffered by those who must be all the time with the cell phone in their hands and feel panic if they leave it forgotten somewhere). If you think you can be within this definition, the following tips will help you enjoy the important things:
1. Use OffTime app. Our app allows you to disconnect from everything that may distract you. Use it when you are with your family and friends to be present in the conversation. When you are working or studying, turn on OffTime and focus on getting the most out of you. Leave the mobile in the drawer and let OffTime help you have more time.
2. Limit your data plan: we all love having data to be connected all day to Internet and at all times. But it is a double-edged sword, since it will make us connect more often. However, if we have limited data, we will think better when using our device when to stop browsing.
3. Remove apps: we know it will cost you, but deleting social network apps will make you have to enter the web version (not always very easy). If you do not have them installed, you will be lazy to enter the web version and you will see how little by little you will stop reviewing them so often.
4. Say no to always carry the charger. Leaving the charger? Seriously? Yes. When you have low battery and do not carry the charger, you stop using your mobile compulsively and consult it every so often (and you are more careful of what you see). Leaving the charger at home, you can pay attention to the people who go with you on the bus, see the landscape, and focus on your daily tasks without staring at the mobile phone every 3 minutes.
5. No notifications: When you keep the notifications of your social networks active and they burst onto the screen, we generate an uncontrollable desire to respond to a comment or answer a message. If you set your device to not receive notifications, you will only find out when you directly access any app. Focus on what you are doing at the moment and leave the phone for later.
6. Don’t be intense: do not use your mobile to tell what you do at any time. We all love to show a nice dish when we go to a restaurant but, what if instead of taking the phone you keep it and talk to whoever you are eating with? The moment of the meal is important, both when it comes to making a good digestion and to disconnect from the task to which we have to return later. Do not check-in where you go and value the moments that matter.
7. Celebrate those you love as they deserve. We love to post on social networks about birthdays or special days that we want. But, what if instead of a post you dedicate time of your day? A visit or a moment of coffee will make them feel more special. Leave the mobile aside and organize a plan that will make those you love feel valued.
8. Rest as many days as you can: Sundays do not work so DO NOT check your mail on weekends. You will not disconnect from your work or obligations, and you will lose time doing fun things.
9. How long have you not read, play a game of your favorite sport with your friends, or learn a new hobby? Time means opportunity. Invest in yourself, improve each day, grow and set goals. Leave your mobile at home and go out and discover the world.
10. Make everyone around you aware of the impulsive use of the mobile phone they make. Let them see how happy you are without using your mobile phone so much and you will see how they take your example. Contagiate a balanced lifestyle between your family and friends, so that moments are of quality. Talk to them about OffTime and do joint challenges.
Because in OffTime app we want you to pay attention to what really matters, disconnect. You will thank us later.
Our mobile phone has gone from being a useful tool in our lives, to a control device that is increasingly difficult to get rid of. Symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, lack of concentration are some of the most serious symptoms. Welcome to the era of mobile addiction.
Surely you’ve heard the words “nomophobia”, “FOMO” and “Phubbing” when you hear about addiction to mobile phones and electronic devices. But do you know what they mean and what are their symptoms? In Offtime we want to explain them to you, so you can discover which one you can have without realizing it and remedy it before it’s too late.
Nomophobia is called the “irrational fear of leaving home without a mobile phone.” It began to be used in 2011 thanks to a study carried out in the United Kingdom. According to experts, one in every thousand people is addicted to their mobile phone. Do you feel anxiety, irritability and nervousness when you do not find your mobile or do not have it close? You may be showing symptoms of nomophobia.
FOMO or “Fear Of Missing Out”. It is an anxiety disorder related to the constant use of the mobile phone and it concerns the persono f losing moments or not being present in them, staying isolated or not feeling included. Young people and teenagers are the most vulnerable at the time of suffering from this disorder, since they are the group with the most dependence on social networks and whose contact with friends is what makes them feel included. The symptoms of FOMO are similar to those of Nomophobia; anxiety, low self-esteem, fear and even depression.
And finally, “Phubbing”. Have you ever sat down to eat and have you stopped and realized that everyone is without speaking and with their own mobile? Well that’s Phubbing, ignoring someone or not paying attention beause you are with your mobile phone. Phubbing, in addition to damaging our relationships, can cause reciprocity. If you ignore the people with whom you are to look at the mobile, the other person will do the same. Phubbing is becoming a more and more accepted behavior, but the damage to the personal relationships it causes is not perceived. Couples, friends and families are giving space to their phones instead of choosing a good conversation or enjoying the moment.
Now that you know the damage that the mobile can cause in your personal relationships if you do not put measures, we recommend that you use Offtime as a group when you get together with your friends. Use Offtime to disconnect and truly enjoy the moments that matter..