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Mobile Wellbeing

Conference paper
Authors M. Rost
J. Rooksby
Alexandra Weilenmann
Thomas Hillman
P. Dobrin
J. Ye
Published in Proceedings of the Nordichi '16: The 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Game Changing Design
ISBN 978-1-4503-4763-1
Publisher ACM
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language English
Links doi.org/10.1145/2971485.2987676
Keywords Mobile wellbeing, mental health, mindfulness, mobile technology, smartphones
Subject categories Robotics

Abstract

While mobile phones can be empowering, constant access to a world of people and information can also bring distraction from the present moment and from the people and things that are physically present in ways that are sometimes unwanted. Excessive use of mobile phones can also have negative consequences on our sleep and concentration. In many respects mobile phones are challenging for our general mental wellbeing. Many designers are now looking into ways to better support mental wellbeing, be it through apps for mindfulness and meditation, or the better design of notifications and sleep modes. People are also developing strategies and ways of coping with the negative aspects of mobile technology, from self-control based approaches such as uninstalling social media apps or not keeping phones by the bedside, to more practice based approaches such as meditation. This workshop aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss mobile technology, human practice and mental wellbeing.

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