How can we begin thriving with technology?
Less fear, more intention
Less isolation, more support
Replacing helplessness with agency
Replacing stagnant debates with better conversations
Our research and resources are designed to seed better conversations about tech. They help adults coach young people (instead of referee). They start with, “how are you?” and then, “how’s tech helping or hurting?” They are strengthened by evidence-based practices that support self-reflection, habit change, and well-being.
Swipe to learn more about our resources. (While our current versions are designed for teaching, they can be adapted to use at home or other environments.)
We’ve found that some of the most helpful conversations about technology and well-being actually don’t begin with tech at all. Instead, they start with who we are, what we value, what we’re experiencing in our lives. The resources below set us up to clarify our values and start exploring how technologies support or undercut what we most cherish.
Technology companies compete for our time and attention; this is the “attention economy” that prioritizes our focus over our thriving. Design choices like autoplay, notifications, and algorithms can compromise our sense of control (our digital agency.) These resources start to expose what’s so often hidden and how design choices are not neutral.
Tech can intensify thinking traps that amplify anxious thoughts and self-doubt. Have you ever thought, “They haven’t text me back – they must be mad at me?” That’s a cognitive distortion, or “thinking trap”, that’s completely normal and also something you can steer toward healthier self talk. These resources help to identify common thinking traps and respond to them differently.
When we start to think about our screen time and tech patterns through the lens of habits, we recognize how they’ve become second nature – but also that they change. These resources invite us to talk to each other in intentional ways in the service of rethinking tech habits and making meaningful change.
We are currently responding to what we’ve heard from young people about how technologies like social media affect their lives. Our next resource will focus on the "culture of needing to be productive all the time and, like, needing to be working all the time, and the grind… it’s so damaging" (as one of our teen collaborators put it). Tech indeed intersects with - and often amplifies - grinds that teens feel. Stay tuned for resources that help unpack grind culture, social comparison, body image, the ethics of Generative AI, and more.