Excessive internet use  has a bad effect on the quality of our sleep, diet, mood and productivityOn Offgridme you will find a selection of academic studies, newspapers articles and contributions from our team of experts on problematic internet use. Our goal is to start a dialogue among families, companies and institutions in order to raise awareness about excessive internet use.

We support research and run surveys, create information material for families and develop practical solutions to improve your relationship with screens.

We think it’s time to disconnect more often and recharge while being disconnected. 

How Apps keep us hooked

Variable Rewards

Likes and notifications give us the need to check the phone frequently

Feedback loop 

Boredom is our worst enemy. Being hyperconnected keeps us busy

Content never stops

With infinite scrolling and auto-play you are saturated with endless information

Vanity metrix

Arbitrary numerical goals like the number of followers and shares give us a dopamine hit

Sleep

Diet

Mood

Productivity

Studies and News

'150 friends rule' could help you beat your smartphone addiction

Entrepreneur Tanya Goodin, author of OFF. Your Digital Detox for a Better Life, and founder of Time to Log Off. shares her digital wellness rules starting from keeping  social media contacts to a maximum total of 150 rather having a network of hundreds or even thousands.

Digital Wellness tools review

Freedom - reduces distraction

Stop being distracted by your laptop. Freedom is the app and website blocker used by over 750,000 people to reclaim focus and productivity …

Behavioral Design

It’s a framework for intentionally and systematically changing human behavior through persuasive modifications of the physical and digital environment.

Framework

It describes and predicts how and why people behave the way they do. It’s also a set of practices for changing those behaviors.

Intentional

Design and thinking tools are deliberately used to achieve specific behavioral outcomes.

Systematic

Methods and ideas come from observations and experiments in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics.They explain how to achieve certain predictable behavior changes.

Change

It is all about behavior change. Tools are used  to increase or decrease behavior frequency, make people start or stop doing something, doing it once or often.

Persuasion

It uses insights about how the brain operates as strategies for persuading people to change their behaviors.

Environment

When you use your smartphone app, the environment is your app’s user interface. Behavioral Design proposes tools for strategically modifying how these environments look and feel and how they respond to our behavior.

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