Thursday, June 27
10:45 AM-11:45 AM
De Dam 2

Is your screen time, time well spent?

Roundtable ID: 54775
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    Dusti Howell
    Emporia State University

Abstract: How much of your screen time is time well spent (TWS)? With the average American spending nearly half his life in front of screens, how much of this is TWS? It has been five years since Tristan Harris gave the first TED Talk on "Time Well Spent" in 2014. At that time, Tristan was Google's first Design Ethicist, having previously studied at Stanford's Persuasive Technology Lab. At Google, he certainly had a unique advantage of seeing how technology was used effectively but he also saw how it was increasingly able to exploit human weaknesses. Tristan and others are all too familiar with the tech giants using Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) algorithms to keep the attention of viewers. But at the end of the day, how many users would say that this activity has been "Time Well Spent”? For the past five years, our graduate students have been actively researching the minefields, dangers and distractions found on screens that hinder the abilities of users to teach, to learn, and to productively innovate. We have reviewed hundreds of published research findings in an effort to discover ways to maximize technologies strengths while minimizing its weaknesses. We’ve uploaded our best ideas and strategies from this research on our vlog at It is the goal of this roundtable to share, discuss and dialog on the latest research, ideas, initiatives and recommendations for improving TWS in our educational as well as in our entertainment lives.

Presider: Amy Sheikh, Temple University; Philadelphia PA USA


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