Like it or not but smartphone addiction is something a lot of people suffer from, even though they might not admit or acknowledge it. To tackle this issue, Google has launched something called a Paper Phone. The company calls it an experiment which will help people get a ‘digital’ detox. “We hope this little experiment can help you try a digital detox from technology and help you focus on the things that matter the most.”
The code for the app is available on Github “for people to play with and hopefully adapt and evolve,” said Google in a blog post.
How does the paper phone work?
The app actually allows you to choose what you want to include, like say favourite contacts, maps among other things. It then prints them directly to a sheet of paper. There are also something which Google calls “paper apps” like recipes and notepads that can help you get things done. The idea is to encourage people to give up their phones for a day and perform tasks with the help of pieces of paper.
Further elaborating on the idea, Google said that “a lot of people feel that they spend too much time on their phones and struggle to find a balance with technology.” This is where the Paper Phone comes in. “Paper Phone helps you have a little break away from your digital world by printing a personal booklet of the key information you’ll need that day.”
This isn’t Google’s first attempt at Digital Detox. Android OS on smartphones comes with a Digital Well-being feature that is aimed at helping people reducing the time spent on devices. Paper Phone though it has to be said is just an experiment which Google thinks should end up ‘helping’ people.