We have it so internalized that the promoter of the International Day Without Mobile has no other to attend this Monday to several media through this channel. The director of the startup Mobile Free Life, Joan Amorós, proposes that April 15 be the annual appointment to leave the phone. "People have to decide if they are happy watching television and looking at the phone screen at the same time or going down the street without greeting anyone," explains Amorós, whose company has calculated that we can spend eight years of our lives glued to the phone screen. Mobile Free Life has moved its initiative, begun in 2018, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to institutionalize the date in the United Nations. Amorós sees it as a long journey.
24 hours can be a long time to ignore the mobile during a workday. It is for this reason that Mobile Free Life It poses another more affordable challenge: turn off the device for only one hour. "That people spend this time doing what they want in real life and turn it into a world day of what they want," proposes Amorós. Your company wants to change "the relationship we have with the phone". According to him, there is consensus on the addictive use of the device, but the awareness that "doing it or doing it to you is different", he explains, giving as an example the perception that one has of spending an entire dinner looking at the mobile phone or, contrarily , do the companion.
"How do I arrange for my eight-year-old son to ask me for a phone already or for the child to just eat at the grandmother's house if he leaves his mobile phone?" Amorós launches into the air. The Barcelona company takes this debate to schools, which it advises to promote responsible use of mobile technology. The other focuses of Mobile Free Life are companies and public administrations. The first advises them to take into account aspects such as the right to disconnection outside working hours and, the second, warns of risks such as being run over by the street because of looking at the phone.
Mobile Free Life attended the Mobile World Congress in the space dedicated to startups 4YFN There he carried out a fieldwork based on a questionnaire that answered 348 people. The sample, taken from a technological congress, can be especially techie. But the result is that respondents will spend 8.2 years of their lives, day and night, interacting with their phones. The same data suggested that 3.8 hours is the average daily mobile consumption time. 80% of those questioned said they intend to reduce the use of the smartphone.
"We live in a stage where capturing moments is more important than living them," reads a message from the Mobile Free Life Instagram account, whose staff is made up of psychologists, coaches, anthropologists and technology experts. Amorós explains that everything that hangs on social networks is to reflect on its use. "We are not anti-mobile, it helps a lot," says Amorós, who believes that "the telephone is the only social reward for many people and should not be so."