The business model of social media companies is to capture as much of their users’ attention as possible.
Their platforms and services are designed to exploit brain physiology and human psychology. These design choices interfere with the free choice of users.
We are Offgridme, a non profit organization based in Geneva and Paris working on raising awareness about Problematic Internet Use, promoting Digital wellbeing and advocating for legislations to require social media companies to take measures to mitigate the risks of internet addiction and psychological exploitation.
Are addictive features inside digital products causing a public health problem? Is the attention economy’s model threatening our democracies and individuals’ freedom of choice? How can we measure, map and analyze the consequences of the attention economy on our...
Offgridme and Mydata Geneva will host an event about “problematic Internet Use” on October 8th, 2019 at 6pm at 3DD, 3 Rue David-Dufour, Geneva. The objective of our meeting is to present the project, to bring together local experts and stakeholders and to illustrate...
Dr.Yasser Khazaal Full professor of Addiction Psychiatry (Lausanne University) Head (directory board member) of Addiction Psychiatry, Lausanne University Hospital Associate researcher at the Research Center, Montreal University Institute of Mental Health, Montreal,...
SIGNS THAT INDICATE I’M BECOMING ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY
Shortening our attention spans
WHAT WE DO
Aggregate the most relevant research and studies conducted about problematic internet usage.
Collaborate with partners on the subject of digital identity protection and the use of digital personal data.
Host contributions of experts in the field of digital addiction both in Switzerland and abroad.
Design information materials for families and schools.
Advocate for regulations to stop the use of addictive tricks inside digital products.
SELF MONITORING TOOL
We are working on a methodology to help you analyze your behavior on a specific app by only making a subject access request (SAR).
Our work is the result of a collaboration between tech specialists, addictologists and social scientists.