Research Article

Three Principles, 2 Sub-principles and One Magic Wand for Harm Minimization and Prevention of Technological Addiction in Human Children

Daniel Devatman Hromada 1 *
More Detail
1 Einstein Center Digital Future, Germany; Berlin University of the Arts, Germany* Corresponding Author
Educational Innovations and Emerging Technologies, 1(1), December 2021, 48-57, https://doi.org/10.35745/eiet2021v01.01.0005
Published: 20 November 2021
OPEN ACCESS   98 Views   50 Downloads
Download Full Text (PDF)

ABSTRACT

Departing from the definition of techno-addiction in terms of technology-assisted behaviour with probable detrimental consequences, we propose following guidelines could direct the design of harm-reducing technologies: gradual use-constraining, circadianity, offline preferentiality, environmental referentiality and monotasking. These guidelines can serve as criteria according to which digital technologies can be evaluated. Also, these principles can direct design of post-smartphone digital technologies which will, hopefully, reduce the cognitive and physiological harm caused by unreflected deployment of current technologies. As a concrete example of such harm-reducing technologies, we provide first insights into the structure and function of a “magic wand”, a make-your-own-device digital artefact satisfying the above-mentioned guidelines.

CITATION (APA)

Hromada, D. D. (2021). Three Principles, 2 Sub-principles and One Magic Wand for Harm Minimization and Prevention of Technological Addiction in Human Children. Educational Innovations and Emerging Technologies, 1(1), 48-57. https://doi.org/10.35745/eiet2021v01.01.0005