I believe people and, especially couples, are increasingly disconnected from each other. The world today, as we know it, is confusing distraction with entertainment and the depth of human relationships with the superficiality of social media interactions. Any ideas?
- @gzicherm who's done a ton of research and writing on gamification and human psychology, recently launched Onward to help people fight addiction to social media and the internet. The app uses a VPN to track where you spend your time on your phone, to measure, report, and guide addicts. This problem will become increasingly difficult as technology becomes easier to use, embedded into our brains (see @elonmusk's new startup, Neuralink).
- This is a clever tool you can use to replace the Twitter, Facebook, and other app icons on your homescreen. When tapped, it opens to a web browser to make you wait for a few seconds before the targeted app (e.g. Twitter) opens. It forces a slight pause and reflection before falling into habits.
- Seriously though, trying apps to fix a tech addiction isn't as effective. I'm currently in a country where my mobile service provider literally charges $50 for 2 MB of data on 3G and the wi-fi service at the "5 star" hotel is like fax modems in 1999. The effect on my conversations dinner conversations have been dramatic, we aren't IG-ing our meals or netflixing in bed but actually going out and talking so not to be bored..took a while though bc of the phone withdrawal. Put yourself in a situation where you have no choice and no access.