Here's a way out of your smartphone addiction

Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phone is designed to overcome smartphone addiction

To combat this, a Vienna-based designer has created Substitute Phones.

Schillinger designed the tool in response to addictive tendencies not only to use smartphones, but also to have them in hand and reflexively check them.

So, why not just get a fidget spinner instead?

Schillinger told Dezeen that the creation of the Substitute Phone was inspired by the constant, nearly compulsive need to check his phone even if no notifications came up on it. Acquaintances of his displayed similar behavior, so he drew inspiration from his realization to design an object that would calm that urge. Users can simulate scrolling, pinching, and swiping on what essentially amounts to rectangular pieces of black polyoxymethylene plastic.

Most of us have now developed a rather nasty habit of checking out smartphones for notifications and other stuff. Well, this reminds me of the earlier days when smartphone retailers would actually have a dummy device to help customers gauge the ergonomics and the "feel" of the phone.

The product can help addicts deal with withdrawal symptoms.




By replacing digital functions with stone beads, the Substitute Phone provides physical stimulation when the real thing is unavailable.

"Daniel Kruger, a research scientist at the University of MI, said: "[Our] study provides some real insight and maybe some evidence that people can have a real dependency on cell phone use".

The idea was "to make [a] tool that gives you a physical connection and satisfactory feeling, but you are not able to escape into the web", Schillinger said in an email to Business Insider.

Many of us will have experienced habitual smartphone usage; operating our devices, not in the service of a specific, legitimate need, but simply because it's there. It doesn't appear to be on sale at the moment, but it was part of an exhibition during the Vienna Design Week called #Offline - Design for the (Good Old) Real World.

Product and furniture designer Klemens Schillinger designed the products to replicate the motions commonly done to operate a smartphone.

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