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.

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.

Digital Detox Getaways


There are reasons to take a digital detox holidays, for instance If your first words when checking into a hotel are ‘Can you tell me the Wi-Fi password, please?’ or you cannot stop watching your screen then it is time to unplug! Without our phones we’re also forced to spend time with ourselves and loved ones, and holidays are a good opportunity to start on. Plus, banishing technology while being outside of the daily grind opens a window of opportunity for your brain to adopt new habits and rework your relationship with your gadgets.

Your family will thank you and you will have health benefits such as decrease anxiety, reduce stress or to have better sleep.

A tech-vacation could good for your kids, too. Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed the more time young adults spent on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed.

There are some hotels which offers digital retreats, here you will find some of them:

Hotel Sancti Petri Spa Resort Barceló (Chiclana, Cádiz) Guest leaves at reception any digital device and undergoes a detox program.

Vincci Selección Estrella de Mar (Marbella) y Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya en Sierra Nevada (Granada)

The James New York – NoMad Offers Guests a Discount to Ditch Their Tech. The hotel has its Digital Detox package, a promotion designed to give guests a much-needed break from technology. As Travel Pulse reports, under the terms of the package, guests agree to yield their technological devices upon check-in—phones, tablets, laptops, etc. At that point, guests are checked into a technology-free guest room, one with no phone, alarm clock or TV. In other words—a true break from technology. In exchange for this technology fast, the hotel discounts the bill by 10 percent for every night guests can manage without their devices.

Also, there restaurants which give some discounts to diners who ditch their devices at the door. At Sushi Lounge in Hoboken, New Jersey, management decided to start a “Reconnect Tuesday” offering a 20% off discount to those who put their phone in a box at the table and don’t pick it up until the check comes. Similarly, the staff at Lebro’s, an Italian restaurant near Buffalo in Getzville, New York, give 10% off every Sunday to people who put their phones in the bread basket a waiter or waitress covers with a napkin until the end of the meal.

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