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Offlining in the bedroom – the ‘joy of missing out’

While smartphones and other mobile devices have continued to increase the number of things we can do instantly and everywhere, a new trend is spreading – offlining! Although mobile technology has plenty of wonderful benefits, excessive use can become a problem. This is why LINAK® is embracing this new trend in product development.

In short, it is called JOMO – the Joy Of Missing Out. Among a growing number of digital native citizens, it has become a trend to occasionally turn the smartphone off, and not always carry it around in your pocket or in your bag.

At LINAK we fully understand this trend, and to accommodate the users following it, we incorporate the latest findings from social sciences into our product development.

Multiple benefits – but at a cost
There is no doubt that the smartphone revolution has helped increase quality of life for people across the world.

Socialising, planning, information gathering, and generally keeping track of your family members as well as your financial transactions have all made life easier, faster, and more efficient.

However, according to several recent studies*, many people have started to realise just how the very same devices, with all their services and technologies, can do the opposite too. The power and speed, the ‘mobile technology’ offers, also appear to raise users’ expectations regarding productivity and response time.  We have to be efficient all the time – day and night – it seems!

Smart phones are everywhere- even in the bedroom - but they no longer have to be
 

Leave the phone behind and lose… nothing
Hitting the off button on your mobile device is hard, as it is your only connection with the rest of the world. Or so you may think. Users, apparently the digital natives, have started to realise that existence is possible without holding the smartphone 24-7. In fact, it has started to become a status qualifier NOT to be online every now and then.

What began with leaving the phone off the table at meals and not bringing it when going walks in nature, has in recent years evolved into so-called “offline weekends”. Some have even started to go on holiday without their smartphone.

Offlining in the bedroom with LINAK®
Of course, we still need our mobile devices for many purposes in our daily lives. But, as spare time becomes increasingly treasured, we begin to prioritise quiet ‘alone-time’ or time together with family and friends more. For comfort bed users, wanting to keep the mobile phone out of their bedroom, LINAK provides hand control solutions with some of the same features you know from modern smartphones.

HC40 Advanced

One example is the hand control HC40. It comes in a Standard and an Advanced edition, and the latter fully supports the offlining trend with features such as a display with time and date, torch light, and an optional alarm clock function – on top of the traditional adjustment function of course.
All this to ensure that the user experiences a fully user-optimised hand control.

It has never been easier to leave the smartphone out of the bedroom, and without having to say goodbye to some of the very practical features from a phone. If you want to know more about how LINAK takes both online and offline into account when designing products, and when to choose one or the other for your solutions, please contact your local LINAK office.

*) Julie H. Aranda & Safia Baig. 2018. Toward “JOMO”: The Joy of Missing Out and the Freedom of Disconnecting, (MobileHCI '18) Barcelona, Spain.

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