Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

Designing for Digital Wellbeing

January 19, 2021 at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location:RSVP here: 


Kai Lukoff, Human-Computer Interaction Researcher, University of Washington


In the attention economy, smartphone apps exploit psychological vulnerabilities to maximize views, clicks, and likes. The resulting overuse of media can harm productivity, health, and social relationships. Early efforts to address this problem have focused on tools to monitor and limit screen time. However, reducing screen time is often a poor proxy for what users actually want. In my research, I use human centered methods to identify, design, build, and test features within apps that provide users with a greater sense of control over their media use. Taking YouTube as a test case, I share lessons on how app designers can support digital wellbeing.


Kai Lukoff is a human-computer interaction researcher and a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. He uses human centered methods to research and design technologies for digital wellbeing. His work has explored which smartphone apps provide the most and least meaningful experiences and which features support and undermine user sense of agency. He has redesigned features of Facebook and YouTube to test their effects on digital wellbeing. His research has been published at CHI, CSCW, IMWUT, DIS, and in Mindfulness Journal.

Presentation will be online, registration here: