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Imagine this horror scenario. You’re just strolling throughout the city, living your life, when you notice your phone’s battery is about to die. How are you going to find your way home, text that friend you were supposed to meet, or take that cute insta pic that was going to put you on top of the social ladder? We don’t have a solution just yet, however, there is an app that allows you to make the most of your last ‘dying’ moments.
‘Die With Me’ is an app that enables you to somewhat find comfort in your soon to be disconnected life. Once your phone drops to 5% you can open the app and chat with fellow 5 percenters who inevitably suffer the same fate as you. With sweaty palms you can exchange some last words regarding where you’re going to meet or how you’re dealing with the foresight of going dark. Whatever you’re discussing, better make it quick as the time you have together is scarce. Die With Me takes up a lot less battery life than regular chatting apps, so at least you will get to enjoy your last minutes a little bit longer.
In 2016 we carried out a research project commissioned by Viacom, figuring out what makes youth around the world tick. One of the outcomes was that youngsters have a love/hate relationship with tech. On one hand they love to live their lives online, staying connected and staying relevant, yet on the other they hate being so dependent on their various devices. Die With Me is an interesting take on this paradox, especially looking at its slogan ‘die together on your way to offline peace’. It puts an emphasis on the need to stay online, while at the same time it recognizes going rogue as a peaceful state of mind.
We find it rather absurd that we now need an app to cope with a dying battery, but hey, whatever helps us sleep at night, right? Does going below 5% induce anxiety to you too? Or can you rise above the desire to always remain connected.