What if the answer is less technology? I recognize this is a technology forum but is anyone asking this question?
If a person is struggling with alcohol addiction the solution is not to find a better way to consume alcohol. It is to stop drinking. Yet, it seems that almost every single answer to these problems caused by overly addictive technologies is always another app, another timer, another feature to offset some previous feature and then you end up with a phone or device filled with competing features.
I think the whole concept of grey screening one’s phone is a fascinating place to start when asking this question. It is intentionally making a phone less technological to decrease its ability to distract you while keeping its ability to fully function. With a grey screened phone (which sucks- in a good way) I find it is a tool that makes choosing time well spent much easier.
What if you made a device around this entire concept? Where the goal was to create something via behavioral architecture that made time well spent the easy choice and time poorly spent the more difficult choice?
Or is this question the wrong question to be asking?