Sep 4, 2012
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Being connected to email and the web and everything else digital is something many people strive for. What happens when being connected to everything becomes a reality? Information overload, that's what. At some point unplugging from all things digital is a good thing. Unplug and Reconnect is just what the doctor ordered.
In a nutshell, Unplug and Reconnect is an application to let you set times of the day to automatically be disconnected from all of the digital distractions an Android phone can bring. The options for eliminating distraction are:
- Airplane Mode
- Call Reject with optional message
To automate the process, a schedule can be made to unplug. If there is a common routine such as work or family dinner, there are several repeating schedule options to be created. Otherwise, if there is a one time event such as a meeting or sports event, just add in the start and stop time to be unplugged. A reminder can be set to go off several minutes before the quiet time. This is to give warning in case the event isn't happening or there is a need to have the phone make noise.
Some calls are important and need to be taken no matter what. An option to white list certain contacts is available allowing calls or messages from a spouse, babysitter or boss to get through during quiet time.
When scheduled quiet time arrives, if connected, Unplug and Reconnect will place an update to Facebook and/or Twitter to let everyone know not to call until the meeting or whatever is over. This is huge because most people think just because no calls are being taken, they can send a Facebook message or a tweet and get a reply.
When the time is up, everything is back to normal and ready to make and receive calls as usual.