A startup in Graz has now developed an application which switches social media off without further ado but maintains the telephoning capability of the mobile phone.
Think of Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Whoever takes advantage of social media is frequently inundated with notification sounds, flashing displays or the like. But people often find themselves in situations in which these functions are inappropriate. Sometimes the smart phone should simply remain quiet, for example in a business meeting or while enjoying dinner with one’s future in-laws. Switching off the mobile phone or pressing the mute button could be a solution to the problem. However, would this be a good approach considering that one’s grandmother could fall down the stairs at this time, or the guinea pig required an emergency operation or one’s roommate locked himself out of the apartment? In such cases, grandma, the vet or fellow lodger would not send a Facebook message or a photo via Snapchat. They would call.
Social online fasting
Anyone motivated enough to start a digital detox program but who does not want to miss an important call has to find a way to hush his or her apps. For this purpose, a Graz-based startup has developed an app called “mySOOFA”. The name stands for social online fasting. According to developers, it is designed to serve as an “innovation for less cyber stress and more security“. One can simply disconnect oneself for the social networks in use with one easy click. The user can decide if the “SOOFA mode” should be activated for only a few hours or several weeks. The app does not interfere with incoming calls and SMS text messages. All the data received in the meantime is stored in the background and is immediately retrievable again after deactivation.
The prescribed time-out
The newly developed app is in line with the latest trend. According to statistics, a total of 15 million users in German-language social media alone already take a “digital time-out” lasting an average of 30 days.