HOW TO SPOT AN ADDICTIVE DIGITAL PRODUCT

 
 

Variable rewards

Likes and notifications give us the need to check our phones frequently

 

Feedback loop

Boredom is our worst enemy. Being hyperconnected helps keep us busy

 

Content never stops

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

 

Vanity matrix

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

 

TIPS TO PLAN A DIGITAL BREAK

Identify which devices you are using in order to take a break from them

 

Tell people who are likely to contact you during the 24 hours what you are doing.

 

Try to invite the rest of your family or friends to join you. You can plan great activities together.

 

Reading, cooking, planning a game night, visiting a museum, there are many fun and relaxing activities you can do off the grid.

 
Get a notebook to write down directions ahead of time. Also use it to doodle, draw or write down ideas.

Create a physical contact list. If you have a landline write down the numbers of people you may want to call.

 
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Setup your answering machine to inform people who contact you that you are offline for 24 hours.
Set an automate email response to invite to everybody to try a 24 hour digital detox.

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.