Cultivating Mindful Digital Habits

2019-02-26T19:26:30Z (GMT) by Manya Krishnaswamy
<div><div>The technologies that support almost every aspect of our daily lives are increasingly being crafted to attract our attention and keep us hooked. Design tactics, such as endless newsfeeds that keep us scrolling, notifications that intercept our attention, and the ease of weaving between digital activities, result in reduced control over how we channel our attention, an increase in stress levels and a widening gap between our actions and intentions.</div><div><br></div><div>Despite more people becoming increasingly aware of how their behavior is influenced by technology and wanting to take control back, few tools exist to support them in building better digital habits that bolster conscious consumption of technology in the long run. Current tools designed to help people combat distraction tend to focus on quick fixes that serve near term goals and lack customization to suit individuals’ needs.</div><div><br></div><div>This research project takes a research through design approach to understand the challenges people face with digital distractions, develop a series of design interventions that take different approaches to addressing the challenges, and evaluating the interventions to develop a set of design principles for cultivating mindful digital habits. The principles can be applied to digital products and services to fight distraction, empower users with greater agency over their technology consumption, and create greater alignment between their actions and intentions.</div></div><div><br></div>