Here at TRACOM we often emphasize how quickly the world is moving around us, how the pace of life and change continues to advance. This has become so true in fact that now people are beginning to pay good money to find quiet spaces and places.
According to an article featured on MSN Money “What would you pay for an hour of silence?” written by Catey Hill, interest in a quiet room to get away from it all is in high demand. This spike in demand has resulted in the formation of a number of apps that “help you find — and sometimes purchase — nearby silence.”
Three new apps are beginning to draw a crowd both nationally and internationally. “Breather, which was launched last year and boasts the tagline ‘peace and quiet, on demand,’ lets you rent quiet spaces[for half hour increments] in Manhattan, San Francisco and Montreal (for about $25 an hour); you unlock the spaces with your phone and can use them for resting, working or playing… “Breather, which now has twelve spaces in Manhattan, plans to open a total of 100 spaces in the city within about a year, due to the popularity of the service, the company’s co-founder and CEO Julien Smith says.”
LiquidSpace is a very similar app. Launched three years ago in San Francisco, it is now available in more than 600 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. It connects people with private workspaces like meeting rooms and small offices that can be rented by the hour. The prices on these rooms range from free to as much as $100 an hour. The free rooms are often public rooms such as a room in the library.
The third app began as a TED project. Stereopublic app allows users to geo-tag quiet spots throughout various cities, “essentially creating a crowd-sourced map that others can then look at to find peace in bustling cities.” Stereopublic began as a project in Australia. It now has gathered data in cities throughout the world.
So why the sudden trend in craving quiet time?
According to Catey Hill we are stressed to the max. Stress levels are near record highs in America, says Hill.
People are finding new and healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. These coping strategies are known as being resilient. It appears as though the factors that lead to a great deal of stress are not going to disappear anytime soon. A person’s ability to become more resilient to life’s challenges is more important than ever. Research shows that highly resilient people respond to challenges with flexibility, bounce back from challenges, and even find opportunities within workplace challenges. Importantly, they perform more effectively in their jobs, are healthier, more engaged with their work, and have higher commitment to their organizations.
We love hearing about new ways to help diminish stress. The important thing to remember is that we have to practice being resilient. Going and sitting in a quiet room isn’t going to make the stress disappear, we have to actively de-stress and think positive, calming thoughts, until it becomes easier and easier for us to naturally do this. Hill quotes Dr. Lyssa Menard, an assistant professor of psychology at Northwestern University. “Spending time in a silent space is a spectacular way to reduce stress — especially if you do it on a regular basis. In the silence, external distractions are removed so you can work on the deepest stressors — what’s happening internally. The quiet space has to be the space in your head,’ she says — meaning that you can’t just assume that sitting in silence will calm you down. Instead, you should use this quiet space to practice meditation, prayer, mindful breathing or other relaxation techniques, experts say.”
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