Unplug is a mobile application designed to provide users with the ability to lock their phones and unplug for social media, the internet, texts, calls & emails. The app is designed to work and coincide with the tracking of emotional states to allow users to recognize patterns that may arise whilst they are using their phones and staying plugged into social media.
The app offers meditative functions and tools to de-stress and decompress as well as ground oneself so they are ready to take on their tasks with a clearer head. A daily check-in function allows users to clearly write down their thoughts and track their emotional states whilst also being provided changing prompts to freely write. The lock function also gives users information and tips on how to deal with living while unplugged from your device. There is also a slight social aspect to the app wherein, users can see the progress of their friends and send messages of encouragement as well as sent out alerts to let others know that they will be unplugging and away from their phone.
Although the internet has been an invaluable technological tool throughout the course of the pandemic — acting as a tool of connection, education, and provide a sense of normalcy — it has become apparent that the longer we stay connected to our devices and social media outlets, the more disconnected we become to reality. There is a blurred line appearing between us and the mobile apps we use on a daily basis, with our consumption growing greater by the day.
More explicitly, Social Media, which has made it possible to connect with the world, filled the void of what was lost at the hands of quarantine, seen most during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that required us to isolate and practice social distancing. And with the lack of human interaction, the gravitation towards digital platforms took over. And while the use of social media can be beneficial, their use presents underlying systemic exploitation — invasions of privacy for example — that seems incalculable, and therefore not often scrutinized.
Dis(connected) will help people see it clearly.
Dis(Connected) is in collaboration with Emily Quast
This project is shown at the Rutgers University- Newark Arts, Culture & Media 2021 Graphic Design Undergraduate Capstone Program