AppDetox

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AppDetox Android app
Object date 2.2013
Place of Origin Developers are from Germany and Denmark
Designer Lyubomir Ganev, Markus Löchtefeld and Matthias Böhmer (designers and developers)
Manufacturer AppDocs
Materials code (Android App)

 

 

by student Ondřej Zajíc

AppDetox is relevant to contemporary design culture because it represents a shift away from blindly consuming digital content and a move toward taking control of it. It represents a turning point that we have been experiencing for the last five to eight years and that I anticipate we will see even more intensely in the near future. We are moving away from digital consumerism towards digital awareness and digital wellbeing.

The app itself is an important object to notice because it represents a bottom-up initiative and a form of activism. Over one hundred thousand downloads on the Google Play store (AppDetox – App Blocker for Digital Detox – Apps on Google Play, n.d.) prove that there is a substantial number of people who identify with this initiative and want to take control over how they consume digital content, more specifically, how they use their smartphones.

About AppDetox. (n.d.). AppDetox. Retrieved 10 December 2020, from https://appdetox.github.io/about/

AppDetox—App Blocker for Digital Detox—Apps on Google Play. (n.d.). Retrieved 10 December 2020, from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.dfki.appdetox&hl=cs&gl=US

Löchtefeld, M., Böhmer, M., & Ganev, L. (2013, December 2). AppDetox: Helping users with mobile app addiction. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2013. https://doi.org/10.1145/2541831.2541870

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AppDetox—App Blocker for Digital Detox—Apps on Google Play. (n.d.). Retrieved 10 December 2020, from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.dfki.appdetox&hl=cs&gl=US