Women Tech Conference 2021 – Unhooked Talk Resources

I had the pleasure to be a speaker in the global Women Tech Conference in 2021, with a session titled “Unhooked: How to spot and reverse addictive technologies”. In the session I covered topics such as persuasive tech, behavior design, digital addiction, and design ethics.

As this is such an important topic and we need more people to increase their knowledge and get involved, I’ve prepared a list of resources anyone interested in the topic can go through below.

Design Principles and Resources

Calm Tech – create technology with calmness and slow pace principles in mind

Humane-centered Design Principles by the Center for Humane Technology

Abusability testing by Platformabuse.org – check if your product is causing harm

Cognitive biases infographic and list with explanation from Wikipedia


The Social Dilemma

Social Media Dangers

The Social Media Beauty Cult

The Dark Side of Screen Time

Coded Bias

Humane Tech Organizations

All Tech is Human

The Centre for Humane Technology


Not equal

List with all known humane-tech organizations, created by All Tech is Human


Hooked by Nir Eyal

Influence the psychology of persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Ruined by design by Mike Monteiro

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Digital Detox Apps

Forest App – plants trees while you focus

Freedom – app and website blocker

Goodnight Chrome – sets a schedule to block night use of Chrome

Flipd – accountability partner and app blocker

Moment – tracks how much time you spend on your phone

Antisocial – compare your smartphone usage with your peers

Screen Stopwatch – a wallpaper that updates real-time with the time you’ve spent on your phone

Off the Grid – block your phone and send auto-reply messages

Checky – counts the amount of times you check your phone every day

This list is a work in progress and will be continuously updated. Do you have some more resources you would like to share? Send me an email at sofia.michili@gmail.com and I’ll update this blog post to include them.

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