As people become more mindful of endless scrolling and smartphone usage, they’re asking whether brands are doing enough to help them curb these habits. Blloc’s Ratio is an Android launcher that creates a streamlined and simplified UX, keeping users in control of their screen time.
Coveted in the late ‘90s due to its cameo in sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Nokia 8110 is being relaunched in 2018 with a few upgrades. While it was previously a symbol of futuristic tech, it’s now positioned as a nostalgic device that can help owners break free of constant connectivity.
Distractions abound in the age of the smartphone as work emails, social media notifications, and news updates keep people glued to their devices. The Thrive Away app is helping people regain control of their digital lives and set healthy boundaries by screening all incoming mobile activity.
A school in the UAE city of Sharjah has implemented a digital detox camp for its students. As increased screen time becomes a worry in regions with rising digital penetration, school teachers are looking for methods to provide the younger cohort with alternatives.
There have been countless headlines about the dangers of smartphone addiction, but what benefits could these devices have on our mental state? Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Shiri Melumad, a marketing professor at the Wharton School, about how our phones can provide comfort in times of stress.