Let's demand technology that serves us, not advertising.


people want to change the industry

Technology is hijacking our minds.

Advertising-fueled technology companies are trapped in a race to get our attention.

We as individuals can try to use our devices more responsibly, but it's our willpower against hundreds of engineers who are paid to keep us glued to the screen:

  • YouTube autoplays more videos to keep us from leaving.
  • Instagram shows new likes one at a time, to keep us checking for more.
  • Facebook wants to show whatever keeps us scrolling.
  • Snapchat turns conversations into streaks we don't want to lose.
  • Our media turns events into breaking news to keep us watching.
 

These are not neutral tools.
They are part of a system designed to keep us hooked.

But it's changing the fabric of society.
It's changing political discourse.
It's changing our children.

The answer isn't to abandon technology. 
The answer is to change the technology industry to put our best interests first.

 

60 Minutes: "Brain Hacking" with former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris.

60 Minutes: "Brain Hacking" with former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris.

 

We need your help.

Time Well Spent is a movement to stop technology platforms from hijacking our minds, and to start putting our best interests first.

 

Apps that demand more screen time make us less happy.

We asked 200,000 users to rate apps after seeing how much time they spent on them. Here's what they said.

Most Happy Apps

% of Users
Happy
Daily Usage
(Minutes)
1. Calm 99% 🙂
10
2. Google Calendar 99% 🙂
3
3. Headspace 99% 🙂
4
4. Insight Timer 99% 🙂
20
5. The Weather 97% 🙂
3
6. MyFitnessPal 97% 🙂
8
7. Audible 97% 🙂
8
8. Waze 96% 🙂
19
9. Amazon Music 96% 🙂
7
10. Podcasts 96% 🙂
8

Most Unhappy Apps

% of Users
Unhappy
Daily Usage
(Minutes)
1. Grindr 77% 🙁
61
2. Candy Crush Saga 71% 🙁
46
3. Facebook 64% 🙁
59
4. WeChat 62% 🙁
97
5. Candy Crush 59% 🙁
47
6. Reddit 58% 🙁
56
7. Tweetbot 58% 🙁
78
8. Weibo 57% 🙁
73
9. Tinder 56% 🙁
22
10. Subway Surf 56% 🙁
32


Ratings based on Moment, an iOS app that tracks how much time we spend.
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