Addicted to your smartphone? Here's one way to put it down: grab yourself a substitute. An Austrian designer created a ‘substitute phone,’ which looks like a smartphone, but features stone beads on a track to resemble gestures like swiping or tapping.
Klemens Schillinger, the designer of this contraption, created the ‘substitute phone’ based on his observations of how people constantly scroll and read on their smartphones. "The shape of the substitute phone replicates an average smartphone, however, its functions are reduced to the movements we make hundreds of times on a daily basis," reads the description on his website.
The pseudo-phone does not offer any digital features, not does it connect to wifi or take pictures. Instead the stone beads, which are meant to be swiped back and forth, simulates gestures you would normally make on a regular smartphone.
While smartphones have undoubtedly become one of the most important gadgets in our lives, there have been concerns on people spending too much time scrolling on their devices. According to the website "This calming limitation offers help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms".According to a report on USA Today, in 2016 American consumers spent an average of five hours a day on their smartphones, an amount that is nearly double the amount from 2013. Several reports mention that some smartphone gestures such as the Facebook ‘Like’ button and the pull to refresh feature are responsible for people mindlessly swiping or scrolling on phones.