Hey, Humans: Real Life Is Not Available on the App Store

This clever sticker project reminds us that our smartphones aren’t the be-all and end-all of existence.
May 1, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

There’s no denying that a good smartphone app can improve our lives—what would we do without Candy Crush Saga when while waiting in line at the DMV? And there’s no doubt apps can help us make healthier decisions at the grocery store. But, listen up, folks: Nirvana can’t be achieved through an iPhone or Android device. Oculus Rift fantasies aside, real life is better than a virtual experience.

That’s the concept behind “Not Available on the App Store,” a sticker project that reminds us to step away from our handheld screens and, you know, do things. The decals, which are designed to look just like those “available on the App Store” labels, can be placed on whatever requires you to actively be hands-on or move your body.

The stickers are the brainchild of Caio Andrade, Rafael Ochoa, and Linn Livijn Wexell, who met through Hyper Island, a global lifelong learning center for individuals and businesses. They’re offering the sticker image as a free download (you have to buy your own adhesive paper), or you can purchase one for $1, which defrays the cost of production.

Once you have the sticker, the placement options are endless. Flying through the air on a swing? Affix a sticker to the swing set’s frame. Going out for a run? Drop one of those babies on the sidewalk. Building the Death Star with your Legos? (C’mon, we know you still have Legos.) It’s definitely sticker time.

If you need more ideas for where to put the stickers, the project’s Tumblr has user-submitted pictures showing all the cool spots they’ve been placed. So, sure, enjoy your smartphone, but remember: The most important things in life can’t be found through an app.