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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Smartphone users checking their phone within 1 hour of waking or going to sleep.
Smartphone users checking their phone while at work
Smartphone users who have attempted to limit their usage in the past.
Source: “Global mobile consumer survey 2016” by Deloitte.
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.
We are developing a tool that can be used to self analyze your behavior online by submitting a data access request to social media platforms.