Phones can ruining our lives?

First response to that will be no, but It is not true, new research 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 smartphone before bed can make it harder to fall asleep due to the blue light it emits. But one of the important things that affect to us is the one related to relations.

Relations 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.

We are 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 kids.

What should we do about this?

There 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.

Offtime 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!

When you and you partner are two … and your phones.

The use of mobile  is invading more and more every aspect of our lives. Your partnet, one of the vital points, can also be affected by the use of mobile devices. Do you think this isn’t affecting you? We’ll show you how your phones are more present than you imagine.

Studies are beginning to show that the use of mobiles in a couple can affect it without our noticing. Dr. Nancy Etcoff, an expert in Mind-Brain Behavior and the Science of Happiness at Harvard University conducted a digital study between November 30, 2017 and December 26, 2017. About 4,418 mobile users participated, between the ages of 16 to 65 in the United States, Brazil, France and India. The study revealed that many of the users preferred using their phone rather than having a conversation with their loved ones.

On the other hand, Kaspersky Lab carried out a survey in 18 countries, with more than 18 thousand couples participants, each couple with more than a six months of stable relationship. The study revealed data as chilling as that, although 72% of respondents say they have nothing to hide from their partner in the content of their conversations and their phone in general, 61% say they do not want their partner to review your device.

In addition, at least 55% of the couples reported discussing habitually due to the excessive use of devices.

At OffTime we know that your partner is very important to you, so we bring some tips so you can enjoy your partner and recover the spark without your devices bothering you:

– Use OffTime together and set times together. During those moments, the app will help you to disconnect and enjoy the moments together without anything distracting you.

– When you are eating at home or in a restaurant, do not put your mobile on the table. Studies show that the presence of a cell phone, with the possibility that it may sound or vibrate, can inhibit the free flow of the conversation.

– Designate “phone free” zones. Decide as a couple the areas of your home, such as the living room and the kitchen, which should be free of technology. This way you will take advantage of every occasion with your partner to enjoy cooking together or watch a movie without distractions.

Thanks to these tips and the use of OffTime app, you will enjoy those moments wit the ones that really matter.

6 things you can do when you wake up without using your mobile

We all use our electronic devices to set the alarm when we wake up every morning, that’s clear. But we also know that it is increasingly difficult for us to get out of bed when we look at all the social networks, news and apps as soon as we wake up. But, what if our morning routine could help us start the day better and be more effective without the need to use a cell phone? At Offtime we give you the solution so that the first 24 minutes of the day are digital free.

 1. Brush your teeth (2 minutes)

 Even if we wash our teeth before going to bed, our mouth dries out during the night, causing it to produce less saliva and increase bacteria. Washing your mouth deeply and starting the morning with a fresh mouth will make you start the day differently.

2. Drink water (1 minute)

Drinking cold water as soon as you wake up makes our body and mind activate after the night’s rest, so a glass is all you need to get going.

3. Meditate (7 minutes)

Meditating is not just about investing 30-40 minutes. Just as Offtime helps you to disconnect, there are many apps that help you invest a small time in meditation and this will make your perspective of the day always more positive. But for a total disconnection, audiobooks or CDs will help you too. Clarifying the mind, silencing your brain and filling yourself with good energies are only 7 minutes that will make a big difference.

4. Concentration (5 minutes)

Although concentrating and meditating seem the same, they have nothing to do with it. While meditation leads to calmness, concentration brings us to all the tasks of the day and how to organize ourselves to get the most out of our time. Set goals so that at the end of the day, you can see with pride that you have achieved it.

5. Exercise (7minutes)

Moving and exercising when you wake up not only keeps you in shape, but also spreads oxygen throughout the body. Preparing a basic table with several basic exercises will help you train all the parts of the body. You just need concentration!

6. Stretch (2 minutes)

 After the exercise, stretching is very important not only to avoid injuries, but to not lose the flexibility that is reduced with age.


After these 6 steps in which you have only invested 24 minutes, you will be ready to start your day in the best way without using your mobile device. Remember to open Offtime and you can count the minutes without using your device. Disconnect and enjoy your life with Offtime app.

SOME IDEAS TO UNPLUG WITH YOUR FAMILY

Have a game day.

Restrict computer games to one day a week and allow your kids to really play on that one day, so that it becomes something to look forward to.

Take vintage photos and create your family scrapbook.

Buy a polaroid camera and take photos, after that you can add them to a scrapbook with stickers! It can be a fun activity.

Make a game of screen free time

Turn screen free time into a game, OFFTIME APP can help you, you can share your time off with all family and blocks every app that you choice during this time, your family will be unplug for the time to set.

Collect stones and painting them

Enjoy outside and pick some stones to paint at home.

Share chores

Share the cleaning, washing and domestic activities. Chores are much fun when you have a conversation while you are doing it.

Family game

Play a board game together or start a puzle.

Dance

Enjoy the music with your kids, move your body and let yourself go.

Play MASTERCHEF

Cook a meal altogether or just individually and see who the winner is.

Seek treasure

Create a treasure map and send your child on a treasure hunt.

Share the screen time

Every week you can share screen time with your family, for example, every Friday you can watch a film all together.

WAYS TO FIND A HEALTHY BALANCE OF MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUNG KIDS

While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis, there is no doubt that many young people in the United States and other countries remain connected and away from “real” life for many more hours than experts consider healthy for their lives in a normal development. This begins at an early stage, often with children who still do not talk and are entertained by their parents’ cell phones and tablets instead of exploring the world around them and interacting with those around them.

Parenting in a way that raises healthy, balanced children now requires more savvy, skill and self-responsibility than ever.  It has been proven that over exposure to certain kinds of technology can and does increase narcissism, entitlement, and anxiety, and decreases empathy, self-esteem, and resiliency – to name a few.

Some tips to balance to Keep your kids In digital balance are:

  • Become emotionally and mentally a digital health person.

It will impact the adults your children will become (which is especially more needed in this digital age). Do whatever it takes to heal, grow and evolve. Get support in breaking out of old habits and blind spots and learn to create deeper connection with your own inner world and those of your children.

  • Be a Role Model to Your Children.

Young kids learn how to use technology by watching their parents, so model healthy habits early by balancing media time with real time.

  • Limit screen time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ages 2 to 5 be limited to one hour of screen time a day, with consistent limits for older children on the amount of time and place they get to have screen time. Parents play an important role in teaching their children how to use screen time in a healthy way that can enhance daily life.

  • Have “Digital-Free Zones”.

It is the only zone in the house without digital devices even if no one is around. Do this when your children are young and maintain it all the way until the day they leave your home.

  • Device-Free Dinners.

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, fewer behavior problems, less substance abuse, and healthier eating are some of the positive outcomes.

Practicing these healthy digital habits will go a long way towards helping us all restore sanity to humanity – one child at a time.

ARE YOU READY FOR A DIGITAL DETOX CHALLENGE?

Do you think you can control your life? Or your device control you?

It is time to look into a digital detox. It’s about getting you to learn you can live without your phone.

Simple Things to Do Before You Start

Find a partner. Sharing your experience with another person will help make you accountable for your behavior and for sticking with the detox.

Motivate. Identify five positive results that will come from cutting down or changing your technology use.

Support yourself. Write and post statements such as “I want to be in control of my choices around technology” around your home, car and office.

Buy a new journal for this detox. At the end of each day, write down something about your experience with the process.

So let’s get started.

  1. Download OFFTIME APP, the app’s intuitive analytics make it easy to identify your habits and take action to change them. This App lets you understand your digital habits through insightful graphs and appealing visualizations of your smartphone usage, clustered by daily, weekly, monthly and total usage reports.
  2. Limit yourself to 2 hours at day, just block the apps, notifications and calls and schedule OFFTIME APP for 2 hours a day when you like or just personalized the apps that you use the most to block them. Let OFFTIME time-out feature supports you with taking breaks from your phone. You can take those OFFTIMEs individually – or invite friends, families or colleges to a share OFFTIME.
  3. Refrain from holding your device in your hand or keeping it in your pocket when it’s not in use.
  4. Avoid using tech devices during the last hour before you go to bed. You’ve most likely heard that the blue light that your smartphone and tablet emit is bad for sleep. The reason is simple. Blue light is the shortest and brightest wavelength. These facts mean that blue light is able to intensely pierce human retinas’ photoreceptors. So, when the human brain senses blue light from a smartphone, it “sees” it as sunlight, and then “thinks” it’s daytime.
  5. Prevent using your smartphone while you are driving, working on something or being with your family or friends. Just enjoy the music, being with people or focus to get things done quickly.
  6. Spend 10 minutes doing nothing — on purpose. Sit still, be quiet, listen to the sounds, feel your breath, experience the sensations in your body.
  7. Make this moment matter, right now. Three times today, stop what you are doing and fully be where you are, sense your direct experience, allow things to be exactly as they are. Feel your own presence.

Benefits from put your phone down:

Unplugging will help clear your mind and focus on what is necessary and of priority like family, relationships, or your career.

Shutting off your phone before bedtime will enable you to get a good night sleep and all the benefits that comes with it: Better Physical Health, better learning, problem-solving skills, creativity and even better weight control.

Disconnecting from technology allows you to live more freely without pressure to impress and appreciate the simple things in your life and who you are, improving your personality.