Responsible and ethical design to improve digital well-being
For each of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in fundamental ways.
Many of us have directly or indirectly been affected by the pain of losing a loved one, the challenges of losing our job, and/or our home.
However, recent studies show us that our anxiety has heightened because of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, increasing climate change impacts, and the cost of living crisis.
It’s important that we first acknowledge our innermost emotions—our vulnerabilities and fears. In her TedTalk, psychologist Susan David, says, embracing our emotions is essential to navigate life and move forward. Because how we cope with our emotions “shapes everything that matters”.
We cannot shy away from or be fearful of our growing concerns. We need to face these feelings head-on to move forward. Feelings of grief, insecurity, loneliness, being unsafe, and rising global eco-anxiety.
To add to this mix, research shows people are often overwhelmed with information and news online. It doesn’t help when much of it is often misleading, unhelpful, or false.
At Glimmer, we believe that it’s important, now more than ever, that we empower ourselves with evidence-based information. Information that is fact-checked. Information that is ethical and responsible, which does not mislead, misinform, and/or manipulate anyone through the spreading of false or fake news.
We encourage you to seek out responsible and trusted news sources.
Over the past decade, investigative studies have shown that social media is responsible for spreading misinformation, disinformation, fake news, deep fakes, and more recently, negatively impacting the mental health and well-being of young girls in particular.
We believe that efforts to curb rising hate speech and toxic communication, and improve digital well-being, has simply, not been enough. Recent research confirms that some companies are encouraging outrage-inducing posts to drive engagement on their platforms and ignoring harmful behaviours perpetuated by the platform’s algorithms. For many, profit is prioritised over the well-being of humanity.
Glimmer says NO to hate speech in all its forms and any toxic and reactive posts.
Say yes to better digital well-being by showing kindness, respect, and empathy to everyone. The evidence is clear that when we engage in positive behaviours, others are inspired to do the same.
Let’s take better care of ourselves, each other, and our planet—through responsible and ethical online communication and collaboration.
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The gift and power of emotional courage. Susan David. https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social&utm_content=2022-02-10-cutdown
Angry by design: toxic communication and technical architectures. Luke Munn. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-00550-7
Climate change affects our mental health. Here’s how to cope. Matthew Adams. https://theconversation.com/eco-anxiety-climate-change-affects-our-mental-health-heres-how-to-cope-202477