Can phones ruin our lives?

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.

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!

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.

CAN WE BE HUMAN IN THE DIGITAL AGE?

Life is changing too fast, due to the great presence that ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) have gained, with young people being the most affected by this sudden change.

The arrival of the so-called Digital Age has caused a transformation or evolution in our way of communicating, of relating to friends and people from our environment, whether near or far, our way of accessing information has changed, generating new ways of looking for a connection with the world around us.

Young people have taken the Internet as their natural way of communicating with the world, Is the human being directed towards the exclusive use of the Internet as a means of interrelation? If so, the human being is on the way to losing his abilities to interact with his peers.

Technology is a tool that we can use either to de-humanise or to re-humanise. The digital revolution gives us an opportunity to reconsider what it means to be a human-being, and then to leverage technology as we work to make that vision a reality.

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.

Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think.

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Like many parents, Sandy is concerned about how much time her 18-month-old spends in front of screens. Weighing up the available evidence, Olivia Solon explains that she might be worrying too much.

Jessica’s tiny fingers dart around the iPad, swiping through photos to get to a particularly entertaining video: a 12-second clip of her dancing clumsily to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies. The 18-month-old taps “play” and emits a squeal of delight.

After watching the video twice, she navigates back to the home screen and opens up the YouTube app to watch an episode of the colourful animation Billy Bam Bam. Halfway through, she moves onto a Yo Gabba Gabba! game, which involves anthropomorphised fruits making their way into a character’s belly.

When Jessica’s mum, Sandy, tries to take away the iPad, there’s a tantrum that threatens to go nuclear: wobbly lip, tears, hands balled into fists and a high-pitched wail. “She does this a lot,” says Sandy. “She seems to prefer the iPad to everything else. Sometimes it’s the only thing that will keep her quiet,” she adds, frantically waving a pink fluffy unicorn in an attempt to appease her daughter.

Like many parents, she’s worried about her child’s obsession with screens. She wants to know which activities are best, and how much time spent on screens is too much.

It’s six years since the launch of the iPad and, with it, the rebirth of tablet computers. The academic research simply hasn’t been able to catch up, which means it’s hard to know the long-term impact on young brains of being exposed to tablets and smartphones.

The concern among some experts is that these devices, if used in particular ways, could be changing children’s brains for the worse – potentially affecting their attention, motor control, language skills and eyesight, especially in under-fives, for whom so much brain development is taking place.

Technology companies and app developers are throwing their marketing prowess at the problem, slapping words like “educational” and “e-learning” on their products, often without any scientific basis. So what are parents to do? Continue reading

Shared Offtimes – A Smart Way to Invite Your Friends to Put Their Smartphone Away

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Looking for a smart solution to free your surrounding from being clued to their screens? You found it! You can now invite your partner, friends, colleagues and kids to a shared Offtime. Check out our latest release that allows you to invite other people to your Offtime (Version 3.0+ on Android, Version 2.0+ on iOS). The ones who have Offtime already installed get a direct push notification directly to their screen that they just have to accept in order to go into an Offtime with you, everybody else gets a charmant email that you would like to give them their attention with a link to download the app and accept the invite. At the end of the shared Offtime an overview is shown with who stayed for how long. You’ll be surprised about the magic effect this has!

Enjoy your shared Offtimes!

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