Does anyone know of any place that collects:
- academic studies on tech harms such as addiction/depression/fake news, to present summaries of what we know scientifically in this space
- suggestions of studies in that category that can/should be done
There are a lot of claims in this space e.g. ‘putting your phone in black and white will reduce your usage’ which as far as I’m aware are untested.
Having a site that brings together all the academic research to give us summaries of what we actually know about tech harms, their effects, and successful interventions seems like a good place to start. The cherry on top would be a wiki of suggested studies that the field could draw upon for inspiration.
I think this place should exist and if it doesn’t, I’d be interested in making it. Kind of like a https://www.cochrane.org/ for tech.
I’m interested in this area because the Chrome extension I develop makes a fair few of those untested claims around its interventions to make the internet less addictive, which is why I’m teaming up with academics to test which of my interventions are actually effective. HabitLab is another great example of the academic approach.