Do you get twitchy when you’re more than two metres from your phone? Are you unable to sleep without it by your side, gently buzzing with every email update or push notification? Do you find your friends don’t invite you out anymore because you can’t get through a conversation without fishing you handset out of your pocket and glancing at its vacant screen? Sounds like you need to kick the habit and cut yourself off from the source with a disconnected holiday.
Well, I have good and bad news for you, you little addict. First the good news: Johanna Nieminen, an art student from the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki came up with just this concept as part of the Way Out project. DisconnectedHolidays.com is a service to help you disconnect completely. You send your mobile phone or laptop off in the post and after a few days you get it back. In the meantime, you de-stress by disconnecting from the rest of the world and concentrating on yourself and your loved ones.
The bad news? Johanna is an art student. This is a conceptual piece. DisconnectedHolidays.com is an imaginary web page. There’s no hope for you.
Unless, of course, you just post your phone to yourself. Or lock it in a cupboard and swallow the key. Ok, ok – there is hope after all.