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Brick

We make it fun to take a vacation from our phones for a little every day

Brick

We make it fun to take a vacation from our phones for a little every day

Brick thinks our smartphones are amazing tools. But our device habits have turned into compulsions, if not even full-fledged addictions. At Brick, we say it’s time to take back our time. Using the most recent research in habit change, we combat distraction and distress due to our technology by making it fun to take a vacation from our phones for a little every day. Our products and services include ticketed phone-free events, a web recommendation engine for phone-free social activities, and a mobile app that rewards you for the time you spend off the grid.

Find out if Brick is for you at www.gobricknow.com

I might be biased, but I believe this tackles our biggest social issue of the day.
I love the name! I want to brick my phone, but only for a short while!
@gobricknow I'm not sure if this is necessary for me, but I've registered anyway, my score is 48. Messages I get from friends and family are easily manageable.

The vast majority of messages I get are automated app notifications, Facebook group notifications (which I have properly under control) and by far it's mass marketed emails from people who appear to assume I have nothing to do besides reading their emails, and sometimes they assume I must be an American because I speak English. I thought earn.com to be the solution, but most marketing email address are "no reply" and also they on rare occasions send me something that needs to be read.

Sometimes alongside the constant marketing messages and webinar invites, I get an email that does need a quick response. To combat this, I regularly unsubscribe from lots of email newsletters when I have a go at catching up.

I guess I'll see soon enough if Brick will make any difference.
@ianmayman Sounds like you have a great handle on your notifications, and unsubscribing from emails that don't serve you are a great solution for saving time in the long-term. However, even without notifications distracting us, we have found that many of us distract ourselves with impulses to check out phones, often in subconscious moments of stress (I can't finish this essay!) or boredom (this video is too long!). We also tackle people's own impulses by incentivizing Brick Time, which is a daily ritual of at least an hour a day with your phone in airplane mode.
If you'll be emailing me more than once a week (preferably once a fortnight), then you'll be part of the problem, not the solution.
@ianmayman We email monthly (or less) with our phone-free event invites.

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