Sometimes, it’s difficult to avoid being distracted by the wide variety of enticing modern entertainment options. It’s always possible to physically unplug your Internet router and turn off your phone, but most people aren’t going to do that on a regular basis.
An individual could purchase a set of wireless buttons that would have various effects, for example:
Turn off the Internet for a set period of time, forcing the button-owner to actually work / read a book / interact with other people (Fig 1).
Turn off the lights until the next morning, preventing the button-owner from staying up incredibly late (Fig 3).
- Lock the fridge and kitchen cabinets for a certain period of time, preventing casual snacking.
Here are three buttons that may be of general interest:
Fig 1: This is basically a “NO INTERNET” button—it’s time to do work with no interruptions! When you press this button, your phone locks you out entirely, your TV refuses to turn on, and your router blocks most Internet traffic (i.e., video sites, social media traffic, instant messaging) and temporarily stops fetching incoming emails.
This one also doubles as a “read a book” or “actually interact with other humans” button!
Fig 2: Work is over! Time to relax. Your work email won’t be checked until the next morning and any work-related phone apps are paused. If you have any work-only contacts, their calls to you go straight to voicemail. I hope you have a 9-to-5 job and aren’t on-call, or else you will definitely get fired if you push this button!
Fig 3: This button returns your house to caveman times, because it’s time to actually go to sleep! Your computer and phone now refuse to let you log in until the next sunrise, your TV and stereo refuse to turn on, and your house’s lights are limited to 10% of their normal brightness.
PROS: Allows you to behave as if you have self-control!
CONS: Requires installation of phone and computer applications. You might become so dependent on these buttons that you forget how to survive without them!