You will not be able to take selfies on Google’s newest phone. It does not even make calls. It is just a sheet of paper, formulated with pieces of information at home and folded into a rectangle. With a few snips of scissors, it can easily hold a credit card.
The Paper Phone is the new packaging of “digital well-being experiments” that the company says is aimed at giving users a “digital detox.” It commenced in the same week Google launched its new phone – Pixel 4.
Google’s Paper Phone is the new offering for the attempt of acquiring the attention of the audience. It is like a digital detox where people are always involved or chained to your phone rather than focusing on the outside world.
Wellness experts suggest putting your phone in the other room while you sleep. There is also a movement “No-Tech Sunday”. Here the participants will be not using their gadgets for a day. Not only this, but there is also a “National Day of Unplugging.”
Google’s Paper Phone is an open-source experience that includes phone wallpaper. It counts how many times a day the users tend to unlock their device. There is a desert island program that will allow users to access only to the most essential application for 24 hours.
“We hope these experiments inspire developers and designers to keep digital well-being top of mind when building technology,” Google Creative Lab team lead Emma Turpin wrote in a blog post-Wednesday.
Some of the movement for unplugging have their effect of tech on our health. WHO has revealed new screen time guidelines for parents earlier this year based on research. It has been found out that the behaviour and developmental issues in children who spend hours on the screen. Another research has found connections between smartphone use and anxiety.
Former Google Design Ethicist launched a tech ethics nonprofit named Time Well Spend and Center for Humane Technology. Harris here argued that the tech industry has been engaged in a “race to the bottom of the brain stem,” and that tech design should enhance — not endanger — humanity. The “time well spent” concept has been widely referenced by Silicon Valley executives, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Zukerberg stated at a company event that he has told his team for optimization of meaningful interactions between users on the platform. This is not Google’s first attempt of using paper products to exploring the digital world. IN 2014, the company introduced Google Cardboard, a way to view virtual reality applications on a smartphone. Google said it shipped 5 million pairs of the low-tech glasses in 19 months.