All her work is worth studying, but one post in particular, Happy Habits: Engagement Design Meets Positive Psychology, hits home.
I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with social applications, specifically Facebook, and how they affect personal relationships. The immediacy of real-time interactions and the lack of IRL cues like tone of voice and body language lead to flame wars of epic proportions, benefitting no one.
No one has ever won a fight on the internet.
Plus, these applications are highly addictive, creating a nasty cycle, and they tend to fill up all the potentially quiet moments that could be filled with thinking, observation and any number of things we used to do before smartphones and ubiquitous connectivity.
If I could find it, I would reactivate my old clamshell RAZR, if only to remove the temptation. Maybe I’ll just dumb-down my smartphone.
Of course, there’s no happiness guarantee, but at least I could remember what it was like to be disconnected.
I know I’m not alone.
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