We love the virtual world as much as the next guy, but we have to admit, the sights, sounds, and feel good tactile fun of good ol’ fashioned reality often have us questioning the ungodly amount of time we spend online. Just last week the Singapore-based global conversation agency, we are social, posted a fascinating infographic reporting that collectively the world spends 35 billion minutes per month online. If that staggering statistic has you racing to book an unplugged retreat in a yurt on California’s Central Coast, then consider this us flipping the doom and gloom of an extravagant virtual existence on it’s head with a playful look at some of the best things that the online world has that the offline world doesn’t.
If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to “Like” something you saw on the street or wishing that super helpful red Google map marker would just magically pop up over the hot new back alley speakeasy that you can’t find to save your life, then consider this our gift to your overactive, virtually-obsessed imagination. From real world error boxes to an offline file sharing treasure hunt to statement stickers that let you share your opinion about stuff you see on the streets ala your favorite Facebook action, click through to check out our roundup of the street art movement’s answer to your plugged in prayers.
Real world pop-up blocking
Image credit: The Pop-Up City
The Pop-Down Project is a movement originating in France that brings pop-up blocking to real-life advertising via made-to-order red “Close” boxes, just like the ones that you’d click on online. As the creators explain, “On the Internet, getting rid of unsolicited pop-ups is pretty easy: A basic pop-up blocker does the trick. In real life, things are a tad more complicated. On one hand, it is virtually impossible to interact with the old-fashioned media. And on the other hand, it is not in the interest of either billboard operators nor brands to allow passers-by to click their way out of the sacred media exposure.”