In 2020, my phone's screen-time report
reached an all time high, at a total of 13 hours/day.
I felt really guilty...Turns out, I'm not alone.
Many of us are struggling with this behind screens.
It's an alarming public health concern.
First, to gather evidence of this common behavior,
I teamed up with 7 photographers from 4 countries
to create this documentative digital collage.
For 6 months, with our smartphones we paradoxically captured evidence of the lack of social interaction we experienced in public spaces while others were focused on their phones. This project raised my awareness on how widespread this behavioral problem is
and its negative impact on us everyday.
What happens next?
What's the reason behind this behavior?
Time to dive into research.
To find out exactly how much time people were spending on their smartphones daily, I sent out a quick 2-min online survey.
In just 2 weeks, I received a total of 157 responses! Seeing this as a strong indication of concern, I began to initiate conversations with people from this survey to better understand their individual stories behind similar digital habits.
3 key insights on
By gathering quantitative and qualitative data, I was able to identify
5 common unhealthy digital behaviors
shared across 72 people with the average
of 6 hours spent on their smartphones.
In the illustration series below, the 5 harmful habits are characterized as animal traits to help us easily recognize these behavioral patterns shared amongst us. Each one is paired up with a healthier alternative to encourage us to redefine our relationship with these sticky habits.
The main purpose of this project is to communicate with everyday smartphone users and empower them with small and achievable steps to reclaim their intention when engaging with technology.
Countdown 1 - 5 ⬇
① Chicken 🐓 vs. Wolf 🐺
② Squirrel 🐿 vs. Dog 🐕
③ Parrot 🦜 vs. Owl 🦉
④ Panda 🐼 vs. Dolphin 🐬
⑤ Sheep 🐑 vs. Cat 🐈⬛
Fun surprise for you!
Which animal are you?
Find out based on your current habits.
Share your results with me! I'm Curious George and would love to know.
Special thank you to everyone who participated in this 1-year long passion project. 💜
Couldn't have completed this without your trust and willingness to share your personal experiences, struggles and stories with me.
I hope in return this inspires you and more people to take back control of our screen-time one small reaction a day!