Tristan Harris and his ideas on human-friendly platform design has now been going for a few years: ‘Let’s reclaim our mind from being hijacked by technology’ is the underlying idea, and it has come in for some criticism of late. The Time Well Spent Project is doing a number of things and may be worth a look now at the start of the year.
Today, we focus on changing habits rather the platform design. Tristan has some simple ideas to help us start to reclaim our minds from our smartphones:
- Allow notifications from people not machines
- Put unconscious choices at a distance
- Launch apps by typing
- Charge the phone outside the bedroom
Take time to look at the detail on his web site and also watch a short video, where he explains them. We really are not as smart as we think we are and simple ways to break unconscious habit (such a move apps around regularly or your habituated thumb ends up controlling your behaviour) may be the only place to make change happen. The page has a lot of other ideas on apps and email use – worth making time to revisit more than once.
This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:
• #tds711 Time Well Spent requires habit change (Jun 10, 2017)