I just found this article and thought it interesting. Digital technology invades our privacy and is all-consuming. These Norwegian entrepreneurs want to save us from it... I read daily articles concerned with the widespread issue of productivity, or lack thereof, in the working world. As someone who responds to both carrots and sticks to get things done, I'm intrigued to see if this will change students' - and perhaps one day the wider world's - productivity in the long term.
If we have learnt anything from the Cambridge Analytica scandal it is that digital technology is the work of Satan and it would be of incalculable benefit to our collective sanity, happiness, health and productivity if every last smartphone were annihilated — apps, data, push notifications, malware, spybots and all. Alas, friends, we are too far down this road! Besides, without Google Maps how ever would we find our way back? In the absence of an enormous cosmic reset button we must be thankful for small victories ... They have come up with an app explicitly designed to beat the attention-sucking, data-selling vampires of Silicon Valley at their own nefarious game. It’s called Hold and it’s aimed, for the moment, at university students, among the most vulnerable to smartphone addiction. Its purpose is to reward them for not looking at their smartphones for extended periods of time. And — praise be! — it seems to be working.