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.
It’s time to start thinking about new models for the future of technology. How can we move on from an attention - based economy to one motivated by positive social change? Here’s an idea - design and reward apps for happiness….
What if there was a ‘real’ like button…. one where we got to secretly post how social media updates made us feel? Social networks could understand more about whether or not their users were happy or sad, and we’d learn a thing or two about ourselves as well….
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.
We are pleased to say that Apple have contacted us to confirm that we can continue to use location based services. Great news! It’s given us confidence that our product is useful, reliable, user - friendly and something Apple wants to continue to support. Onwards!
These are dangerous times when it seems that Apple is systematically targeting apps that compete with Screen Time. We believe that the future of digital wellbeing depends on a healthy and vibrant competitive landscape. It’s not right that Apple should control the only keys to solving phone addition.
Find out more about the Joy of Missing Out, and how we have the power to design our days, our lives, our history. By Christina Crook, author and founder at The Joy of Missing Out. Find out more at experiencejomo.com.
For many of our users - particularly the Busy Bees - work life balance is so closely related to phone/life balance, and it's time for an open and frank conversation about the life we really want to live. In this article from The Australian, we get just that.
In a journey unplugged, our team embarks on a series of adventures - without their phones. A chance to go back 15 years to the thrills of travelling, exploring and connecting unaided by a device. Welcome to the wild west.
As digital wellbeing gathers momentum, it’s likely that more and more people will become aware of what constitute ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ apps. But in this blog we argue that even the ‘good' apps can come at a cost, as we lose touch with ourselves, and our ability to own our time.
Way back in 2015, I sat at home, feeling relief as an electric storm blew out the power. My phone uncharged, the world plunged to darkness, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. Legitimate peace. No distractions. Time to be, to breathe to think. And so SPACE was born.