Digital Wellbeing is the next Environmentalism. Current research is struggling to keep up with the pace of the changing landscape. Change will need action from society, policy and industry. We can’t wait for science to tell us what to do.
Philosophers of the past century cautioned on the risk of surveillance, data ownership and information curation that the internet would bring. But none of them foresaw that the apps and devices of our time would also be designed to addictive.
Whilst the jury is out on how much dopamine it takes to change our brains, I argue that technology is evolving too quickly for us to rely on ‘objective science’ to give us the answer. To find phone/life balance, we can do only one thing - look around.