The home forms an integral part of the digital ecosystem in which people’s lives today are immersed (the relationship between living and technology will be dealt with in the megatrend Phygital House) and, as such, is also the place in which they seek opportunities to temporarily disconnect in order to reconnect with themselves, their emotions and their own inner lives.
The pursuit of comfort and indulgence as a lifestyle means, in fact, also knowing how to appreciate the “luxury” of being unreachable – by mail, message, notifications or telephone calls. Being able to pull out the plug in order to carve out healthy moments in which to practise mindfulness means focusing on the present, observing the continuous and changing flow of sensations and thoughts far removed from the current “enslavement” of having to be always on.
This practice of wellbeing and awareness is becoming an increasingly popular habit and, in its capacity as a safe refuge, the domestic space is the ideal setting for what might be defined quiet zones, oases of calm and silence.
The home is also the place in which we try to achieve the right on/offline balance, that fine line between physical life and digital life.