Are there alternative methods to reducing screen addiction that have been successful?
I was reading an article about the ways that children are getting around Apple's Screen Time to continue feeding their screen addiction habits. It seems to indicate that trying to make apps engaging/addictive will always counter any efforts to reduce device usage time as it is not really getting to the root cause of the problem, which is the lack of design ethics and consideration for the impact of designing to keep users on the app.
Maybe there's some research that indicates the different behaviours between adult and children when it comes to Screen Time, and that adults see it as a way to modify their behaviours while children see it as a challenge that they have to overcome.
Should we be getting back to the basics and applying design principles like Calm Technology which encourages us to design applications in a different way? Or has anyone seen some examples of either device related or app related solutions that has been able to create positive screen usage and attitude towards screen addiction.
Some device-/ software-related examples:
- Light phone: a minimalistic phone
- Ratio / Bllock Zero: an Android launcher that's supposed to distract users less
- News Feed Eradicator for Facebook: a Chrome extension that hides your Facebook news feed. Used this while writing my Master thesis to avoid procrastinating and it really helped
Not a scientific experiment, but I've heard from people who switched their phone to greyscale mode and it made them use social media less and less.