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In today’s connected world, digital products have to entice, excite and entertain to keep our attention. There’s an app for everything: Ordering a ride-share, purchasing groceries and even for monitoring your home. We can’t deny that this technology inspires us to continue to innovate. It removes friction from our day-to-day lives and makes connecting more efficient and convenient. However, the dark side is that some of these apps are created to keep us addicted.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a saturation of apps focused on wellness and mental health because there’s a need for the accessibility they bring. However, many of these tools are created with haste and without considering the potential consequences on users’ lives. The underlying goal is to get the consumer to stay on the app as much as possible by conditioning users to rely on the app to make them feel better — obsessing over likes, follower counts, and refreshing news feeds.
What if the tech industry shifted the paradigm by keeping authenticity at the forefront through more intentional creation, versus providing users a “quick fix?” The good news is there are steps both the technology industry and consumers can take to safeguard against falling victim to creating and using these addictive apps.
The perfect storm: Mixing convenience and self-diagnosis
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