The Right to have a digital disconnection after work

Nowadays, after finishing the working day many employees, voluntarily or due to special requirements of their company, remain connected to their work from their mobile devices at home or on the street. The internet connection has increased the hours that an employee devotes to their work and this can harm the company.

OFFTIME App, in addition to helping you to disconnect in your free time, we also want your work addiction to end once you leave the office door. That’s why we offer you data on digital disconnection at work. What if OFFTIME helps you to disconnect?

France is the first country in the world that gives the worker the right to digital disconnection, after recognizing that because of new technologies the employee spends more hours working and his personal life is reduced. The digital disconnection of workers is a right that allows employees to respect work schedules and reconcile their personal lives with their work.

Due to the behaviors that professionals have developed in the new era, the way to end their day has been modified, people work remotely establishing a connection from their homes, they can answer emails from anywhere or make teleconferences with clients without being in the office.

Workers are experiencing symptoms such as burnout (chronic stress of a burned worker), tecnofatiga (fatigue caused by the continuous exposure to computer technology) and anticipatory stress that generates the wait for an e-mail outside working hours.

That is why measures have been proposed to avoid these symptoms, such as: improve the quality of life of the employee, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, reduce employee stress and improve your motivation. Also, reducing staff turnover and improving the employer’s branding of the company, encourages the employee’s work-life balance .

Respecting the work schedules of workers will have a positive impact on the company’s results. Keep in mind that human concentration has limitations and an employee will be more productive the more receptive he is. That is why, whether you are employed as the owner of a company, these data and tips will make you think of respect for the disconnection of everything. Because sometimes, disconnect means connecting with what matters.

When you tell your social media more tan you think

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 collects:

· 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 location).

· 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 photos).

· 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 synced.

· 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 technology.

· Cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies

Cookies, beacons, pixels, ad tags and device identifiers are tracked.

· 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 opted in.

· Messages

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

· Activity

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.

Source: PandaSecurity

10 rules to go “hands-free” in your everyday routine

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.


Nomophobia, FOMO and Phubbing: the new enemies of relationships in the 21st century

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..

SOCIAL MEDIA USERS ARE EXPECTED TO GROW TO 2,95 BILLION BY 2020


According to estimates, the number of worldwide social media users reached 2.34 billion and is expected to grow to some 2.95 billion by 2020. On a global level, the market leader is the American social network Facebook, in fact the first social media platform to surpass 1 billion registered accounts on both its desktop and mobile versions. As of the fourth quarter of 2016, Facebook has some 1.86 billion accounts and is followed by Whatsapp and YouTube, with 1.2 billion and 1 billion users, respectively. The region with the highest penetration of social media use is currently North America, with 66 percent, followed by South America and East Asia. In the United States, an estimated 196 million people used social media in 2016, a number forecast to exceed 216 million by 2021. Facebook also leads the U.S. market, accounting for about 42 percent of all social media site visits in the country.

Although knowing how many people use social media is a powerful indicator of the tremendous influence such websites and apps have in our day to day life, who exactly and how people are using them is also telling. A Pew Research Center report on social media usage released in 2016 shows that, among Americans, age is indirectly proportionate with degree of penetration. As such, 90 percent of those 18 to 29-year-old tended to have at least one social media account, while the probability decreased the more respondents advanced in age. Furthermore, the study showed that social media usage is highest in suburban America and among those earning over 75 thousand U.S. dollars a year and those with the highest degree of education.

On a global level, user engagement continues to grow, with users in the Philippines spending the most time on social media – an estimated 3.7 hours.

Resource: www.statista.com

an important change

UPDATE:

OFFTIME

On September the founders of the Berlin startup OFFTIME published an open letter announcing the removal of their successful Offtime-App from Android and iOS stores as more and more mainstream adopts solutions which the team pioneered – meaning to mark the end of the startup’s story. But now, this story continues…

mINdCUBEd S.L.  (a subsidiary of Entertainment Solutions, S.L.)  and OFFTIME GmbH are proud to announce that mINdCUBEd S.L. is taking over OFFTIME and commits to further develop and enhance the project as a contribution to digital wellbeing. The idea and the strong demand by OFFTIME users deserve it!

Among this massive world of amazing applications that enhances our lives, OFFTIME went beyond the limits: just a brilliant idea converted into an app to take care of our time and define the boundaries with people able to say “NO, THANKS. It’s my TIME”. The perspective and features that OFFTIME has pioneered since 2012 have been included in Google’s recent Digital Wellbeing announcement, Apple’s Digital Health initiative and Tencent’s initiatives on addiction.

mINdCUBEd S.L.  is born out of Entertainment Solutions (ES) team, committed, hands-on, deep tech professionals who fully support the values behind OFFTIME and therefore decided to take over it as a part of their strong commitment with 21st Century Society development:

  • ES team has been growing IT Solutions since 2006, from the very first European Hotel that decided to deploy IPTV technology in 2007 thanks to ZAFIRO (formerly INGEsuite).
  • And now, ES strongly believes digital wellbeing is necessary with advanced time management tools taking care of our private lives. Therefore, TheAppLab is taking over and showing both respect and gratitude to OFFTIME team.

OFFTIME will continue helping you to make quality time for your family, friends and yourself. Time is not gold, time is life and mINdCUBEd is pleased to help us all to create a better life.

The development continues: OFFTIME will now be reworked to include new valuable features. Smartphone users demand better work-life-tech-balance solutions, having a say when it comes to a healthy digital lifestyle. Now and in the future OFFTIME will be at your side , feel free to come and bring us your suggestions.

 

Miguel Mora

Entertainment Solutions Co-Founder & mINdCUBEd Founder

 

Alex and Michael

Co-Founder OFFTIME

 

 

 

 


Dear Offtimer,

We’re writing to let you know about an important change.

We’re extremely proud to say that over the last few years, OFFTIME has made a significant and lasting impact on the technology sector. The perspective and features that OFFTIME has pioneered since 2012 have been included in Google’s recent Digital Wellbeing announcement, Apple’s Digital Health initiative, and Tencent’s initiatives on addiction. Needless to say, many more companies are following suit.

Beginning with our modest crowdfunding campaign, it’s been quite the journey for us. Since then, we’ve been involved in numerous public engagements, research and talks, achieved recognition as one of Google’s Best 100 Apps of the year, been cited in over 1,500 news articles, and our solutions have attracted over two million users while creating more than 2250 years of undistracted time. After creating the momentum that we did, seeing big tech companies adopt and promote the ideas and features we cultivated is the latest progression.

Now that Tencent, Google, Apple, and other large tech companies have made our core functionalities available on their platforms and apps, we’re announcing today that we are shutting down OFFTIME for iOS and Android. From here on out, the app will no longer be available for download, while existing users will be able to continue using the apps for the next few months until they fade out.

The magnitude of this milestone should not be overlooked. While we may be shutting down, we truly believe these initiatives symbolise an important transition in the tech industry’s worldview. It’s changed from,”if you have a problem with our product, don’t use it” to, “as tech companies, it’s our responsibility to design products in a way that puts people first”. Tencent, Google, and Apple embracing digital health in this way signifies the strong consumer demand for these features, and their tangible, far-reaching benefits. We hope that this empowers employees of other tech companies to advocate for humane technology and positive ‘post-tech’ changes. In an industry that’s still largely focused on capturing and retaining the attention of its users, these features serve as a novel competitive advantage.

While the features announced by the big tech companies only cover basic functionality, this is certainly the first step in the right direction – a path that contemplates what consumers want and we as humans need, and incorporates these ideas into the design of their products. It’s also a promising step towards tackling issues like fake news, mental health, loneliness, inequality, and addiction. The fact that the big tech companies have picked up the baton and begun this journey for themselves should be celebrated. Not least for the fact that there’s more awareness and discussion around this topic than ever before, as well as more resources available to make further progress. Behavioural addiction and manipulation on scale in relation to technology is a gigantic challenge for the individual and our society as whole today.

We’ve always called for technology that supports its users rather than exploits them. We envisioned how some of the first technical features and non-technical approaches embodying this ideology would look. Now it’s up to others to continue pushing this frontier. Some of the current competition was sparked by our work, while others, like Levi Felix, Tristan Harris, Kevin Holsh, and Fred Stutzman started at around the same time. Therefore, we’re happy to see that initiatives such as Time Well Spent/Center for Humane TechnologyEthicalOS, and many others will continue to engage with these vital issues in their own ways.

This is still the dawn of our digital revolution – an age where technology is at our core, both as individuals and as a society. We urge you to keep thinking critically about the role that technology plays in your lives. We remain hopeful, and are looking forward to a future where the industry genuinely has the individual’s and humanity’s best interests at heart.

It was a great journey. We’re thankful for all the support we received from our users, investors, mentors, team, friends, and families – and for the chance to work on something bigger than ourselves. In the end, it’s all about staying human in a digital age.

All the best from Berlin,

Alexander and Michael,
Co-Founders

September 2018