Despite the well-documented detrimental effects of excessive time online, digital content consumption and internet usage has increased exponentially as stay-at-home orders have restricted physical socialization and offline activities. Understanding that simply cutting down screen time may not be a feasible solution for some, the Center for Humane Technology (CHT) has released digital well-being guidelines outlining how people of all ages can take care of their well-being and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization, which was founded by Tristan Harris, a former Google Design Ethicist, worked with technology experts and psychologists to create the guide. The guidelines address several topics such as:
- Choosing the right technology for your family
- How to protect developing brains
- Becoming aware of how technology makes you feel
- Realizing what you're giving up or trading in order to spend time with technology
- Using technology as a helpful tool
- And more