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‘The right to disconnect’ 📱

Stop working from home and get some rest. Even better, plan some unscheduled time.



Wait, what?

On January 1st of this year, France passed the ‘right to disconnect‘ law which enforces a digital diet outside working hours. The rule prohibits employers from calling or emailing employees during personal time. France already imposes 35-hour works weeks.

It’s still too early to tell if French citizens are actually abiding by the rule meant to restore sanity in our always-on culture. But the intent is the right one: we need to create more space for relaxation. Keep in mind that our brains are working even when they’re powered off 💤. Disconnecting is a right, even if it feels a little foreign to put to rectangular glow aside

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No Wifi in the Coffee Shop 📵

There’s a coffee shop downtown that disconnects the Internet on weekends. They want people to talk to each other face to face with no distractions. After all, coffee shops were the original social networks.

With notebooks and vinyl on the comeback, it’s fashionable to be deliberately analog. But in eliminating technology, the coffee shop is really limiting the discussion.

The mobile phone is more than just a second brain and can be more complimentary than an additional person.

Having the ability to add more context to your stories by showing someone pictures or videos from a trip adds value to what could be a dull exchange.

As long as the phone use is intentional and not-time wasting, having extra content on the table helps facilitate conversation at the coffee shop.

Wifi should be served like water: always optional and mostly free.


Optimizing Productivity

Always on, always working. Internet connectivity is essential like water. We demand it in the air, in the underground, and in every nook and cranny on Earth.

It’s no wonder that the practice of mindfulness is on the rise. How else do we step away from something that never turns off?

The Internet works for us, not the other way around.


Cord cutters and the death of TV

So why are ratings in decline? We’re at the beginning of a major historical shift from watching TV to watching video—including TV shows and movies—on the Internet or on mobile devices. This is going to hurt cable TV providers.

I got rid of my cable four years ago. Haven’t gone back since. Everything I want to watch is already online.

Does that mean Apple should build an Internet connected TV? I’m not so sure, just ask everyone who watches videos on their phones while snuggled in bed. I don’t think they need a big screen to be satisfied.


No Ether(net)

What will this Internet cafe look like in 5 years?

My guess would be that it simply gets replaced by traditional cafes, restaurants, and shops with wifi.

The Internet cafe is based on the assumption that you need a wire to communicate, kind of like the rotary telephone. The telephone booth may still be around just in case of an emergency but I don’t think the Internet plug-in will last another decade.

Of the browsers listed on this Internet cafe door, I think it’s safe to bet that only Google Chrome survives, especially since Google is taking the Chrome brand into other ventures like TV. Furthermore, Firefox and Internet Explorer will fail to gain traction after a late start in the mobile and tablet game.

In 5 years, it’s also safe to bet that a Chinese operated browser and device will be equally competitive. Xiaomi’s phones are gaining market share on the iPhone in China. In other words, even if the Internet cafe survives, I still don’t expect it to update its branding with a Safari logo.

Technology changes too fast for logos and cords to endure. I suspect in 5 years time I’ll be writing a similar blog post about emerging technologies replacing wifi. Connectivity might just be in the air.