We are living in a world that is dictated more and more by technology and the internet. Life is getting faster, there are more demands, less time and as our computers have moved from our workspaces into our homes, from our desktops into our pockets, many of us have started feeling like we can’t keep up. We are burning out.
Not long ago it was access to information that seemed our greatest asset. But now, the little distraction machines in our pockets allow us access to any information we want, anytime we want it. And that might not be a good thing.
Technology, if we let it, will fill up every gap we have. Sitting on the train. Walking down the street. Waiting for a friend. But these gaps are crucial. These gaps are when our brains make sense of our situations and come up with valuable insights. We are only learning how important these gaps are, now that we are losing them. Only now that we are filling them with endless scrolling, endless notifications, endless fun facts.
For a while now we’ve been feeling like something wasn’t right with our relationship with our digital devices. We’d been feeling sort of… ‘tech sick’. So we started to ask around and found that A LOT of people were feeling the same way. Many people seemed to recognise that something was wrong… but didn’t quite know what to do about it.
We looked, but we couldn’t find a place where the conversation about tech health was happening or somewhere to help us understand why we were feeling like this and what we could do to make it better. Considering the increasingly important role technology is playing in our lives, we thought this was a bit crazy.
So, we created UnpluggMe.
UnpluggMe exists to help people create healthy relationships with their technology. Combining lived experiences with scientific and psychological research to provide tools, skills and information needed to enable humans to cultivate good habits and to build intentional and balanced relationships with technology.