Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox, unplugging and healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

Events: Why analog counter-culture will disrupt technology


we proudly present two events – one free, one behind the paywall – together with the Berlin Tech Open Air Festival:

Why analog counter-culture will disrupt technology


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We invite you to a fireside chat between André Wilkens, author of “Analog is the new Organic” – a book that has recently seen a massive hype – and Michael Dettbarn, designer and co-founder of OFFTIME. Wilkens and OFFTIME both promote human approaches to the problems of hyperconnectivity and the age of distraction: After all, our way of life has to follow individual needs and desires and not vice versa. Together with you we want to exchange perspectives on the power of (digital) renouncement and ask: ​Where’s the human in the digital?

Espressobar, Zehdenicker Str. 1, Berlin
6:30 PM, Thursday, July 16, 2015
– free, but registration required –

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The Power of Off in a Connected World,

talk by Michael Dettbarn


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Today, getting off the grid has become almost a political statement and it is for many a form of personal liberation. Their aim: finding and shaping environments where digital connectivity is limited and other social rules apply. These “other spaces” are not only good for our health, productivity and creativity – they also hold the potential for transformative change by offering opportunities to play, experiment and try out new utopian ideas.

Michael Dettbarn, designer & co-founder of OFFTIME
TOA Open Air, Alte Teppichfabrik, Berlin
14:30 PM, Wednesday, July, 15, 2015

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Have a good OFFTIME,

alex und das Team

Coming soon: How do you experiences your digital OFFTIME? Submit your story to the OFFTIME-Story-Contest and win great prices.

Willkommene OFFTIME-Retreats & Workation Days

Liebe ( OFFTIME )-Community,

unsere Lösungen befähigen Menschen, sich eigene, angepasste ‘Zeit-Räume’ zu erschaffen, in denen sie sich wohlfühlen, produktiv sind und die Kontrolle über die eigene Vernetzung haben. Wir haben die Leidenschaft für Software-Lösungen im Alltag, doch dort soll es erst anfangen. In diesem Sinne freuen wir uns, Dir gleich zwei Angebote machen zu können:

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Aktuelle Studie zur Smartphone-Nutzung sucht Teilnehmer

Schaffen Sie sich Raum für Auszeiten vom Smartphone


Zusammen mit der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin führen wir eine Studie durch und möchten Sie als Teilnehmer gewinnen:

Es stört Sie, ständig von Ihrem Smartphone unterbrochen zu werden? Sie haben das Gefühl, Ihr Smartphone kontrolliert Sie und nicht anders herum? Wollen Sie abschalten und ganz in einem Moment der Ruhe sein, bei den Menschen, die Ihnen wichtig sind, oder wollen Sie fokussierter bei der Arbeit sein?

Dann möchten wir Sie einladen, an unserer aktuellen Studie zum Thema “Kontrollierte Smartphone-Nutzung“ teilzunehmen.

Die Studie lässt sich optimal in Ihren Arbeitsalltag integrieren:

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What a ride! OFFTIME for Android took off and was named by Google as one of the “Best Apps of 2014” – and iOS is soon to launch into beta! But before that: Join us next week at SXSW, Austin/US, in New York/US or at the CeBIT (Hannover/Germany) to talk about new challenges and sustainable solutions in the age of hyperconnectivity – and bespoke bubbles of space and time, where people can be at ease and in control.

Micha will be in Austin (Friday 13th – Wednesday 18th) and New York (Thursday 19th, – Saturday 21st), alex will be speaking in Hannover (Wednesday 18th, and Thursday 19th) – get in touch and meetup: / @mmmuks or / @quanders. Read on to know where to find us at the spot.

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Google’s Best Apps 2014 – including OFFTIME

Google Best Apps of 2014 - with OFFTIMEThere are more than 1 million apps available – we’re flattered to be part of Google’s selection of the best Apps of 2014 in ​over a stunning ​29 31 36 countries. Among the selected ones are amazing apps like SwiftKey, IFTTT, Sunrise Calendar​ and ​the fellow Berlin based Wunderlist, EyeEm and komoot (you can also read about it on

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Reaching new heights: Swisscom ‘My Time’ & 100.000 users

ot_socialmedia_ads_mytime_launch1_enWe got two great news to share: We hit 100 000 downloads with ( OFFTIME ) just two months after launch. At the same time, our swiss users can now download the app under the name “My Time” in Switzerland exclusively. Since the beginning of this year ( OFFTIME ) was developed in cooperation with the telecom provider Swisscom. Read more in the official press release (German) below. Continue reading

OFFTIME takes off: 50.000 users

ot_50000_usersWhat a start: Just 2 weeks after our launch we reached 50.000 OFFTIME users yesterday.

We’re are very thankful for all the feedback, the excellent ratings (we’re glad that we can keep our 4.1/4.2 rating for a start) and all the friendly messages we got. Not to mention the amazing press coverage that we got. The article on techcrunch really got things moving. Positive reviews on the next web and many other tech sites followed. Thanks to our friends at openers we quickly managed to get in touch with major german and international newspapers, putting the results of our scientific study into place – even french, south american and indian press covered the story.

Share your OFFTIME experiences with us!

We’re looking forward to hear – and read – about your OFFTIME experience! What do you do in your OFFTIME? How do you use the app?

Share your story – and let us and others know! Email us to – We have 50 € Amazon vouchers for the best three stories that hit our inbox.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming weeks and to welcoming our next 50.000 users!
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Say “goodbye” to constant availability: time-out app Offtime is set to reduce stress


Berlin start-up Offtime launches its 1.0 version in collaboration with Humboldt University in Berlin – supported by a study which shows reliable data regarding its positive psychological effects

  • Offtime allows effective unplugging from the smartphone
  • The use of Offtime significantly contributes to a better recovery from work
  • At the same time, positive effects on work motivation are reflected

Berlin, 1st of October 2014. Today for the first time, Berlin start-up Offtime is going live with version 1.0 of its “unplugging” app in the Google Play Store. Already in early May, Offtime introduced a Preview at the re:publica 2014. The official launch is supported by a new work-life-balance study, conducted in cooperation with the Humboldt University in Berlin. This is the first time that reliable data regarding the positive effects of controlled smartphone “offtime” is presented. Co-founder and designer of the app, Michael Dettbarn, says, “we are very excited to go live with the new Offtime. In the last few months, thanks to the feedback we have received from our Preview users, we have continuously improved the app. In addition, he claims “the immediate positive effects from the use of Offtime on a daily basis are also shown by the results of our study at Humboldt University. We could not have wished for a better proof of concept.”

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