Does sitting through a movie without your phone give you the shakes? Do you check into Foursquare to become the Mayor of the neighborhood bar before saying hello to the friends meeting you there? Do you check the weather on your phone before looking out the window to see if it’s raining? If you answered yes to any of these questions, two Syracuse University students may be able to help you.
They’ve created an anti-social media app called “Tock” to get you off your phone and into the real world! (Is that the most modern oxy moron you’ve ever heard or what!)
First you link the app to your social media accounts (Facebook/Twitter). Then you initiate a competition with friends to see who can last the longest without being on their phone. Whoever wins racks up points. (The developers are even getting local restaurants and hang-outs to offer discounts to users with the most points.)
Doesn’t a break-up with your phone sound refreshing? Imagine going to brunch and not having to obsess over which filter makes your eggs look the most delicious? Or going to a cocktail party to actually meet people instead of compulsively check your e-mails to seem like you are busy. Or what about just enjoying the park with your dog rather than rushing to snapchat his newest tricks.
Sure, the smartphone is useful (just ask any tourist in NYC trying to find Times Square without asking for directions). And, yes, it is amazing how technology has allowed us all to become the historians of our own lives. All this new app is trying to do is remind us of the joys of the original social media – HUMAN INTERACTION.
So we challenge you. Do you think you have what it takes to put your phone down? Download Tock, rally your friends, and make eye contact with your boyfriend for the first time in months. We have just one question – how do you tell your friend when they’ve lost? Telegram?
“Tock” will be available in the Apple store this summer! Tell us – will you use it?
Laurie is a native New Yorker. She currently works in advertising, but most of her thoughts involve celebrity gossip, bagels, and pepperoni pizza. You can follow Laurie at www.lauriesadove.com.
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