“Social media companies aim to colonize every minute of our lives”. (Bo Burnham)
Aiki is a martial arts principle that allows a practitioner to redirect an opponent’s power back against themselves.
Aiki is also a browser extension that considers social media (and other time-wasting websites) as the oponent that needs to be fought back against.
This project helps an internet user take advantage of their habits of visiting time-wasting web sites and consider the (often involuntary) impulses of visiting the said websites as a reminder for doing something useful, e.g. learning Danish or getting better at programming in Python. What is useful for each user, it is up to them to decide.
Nanna, Bjørn, John and I have a new paper on Aiki at CHI’23: Challenges and Opportunities of Using Redirection of Activity for Self-Regulation Online
It investigates how Aiki 2.0 – an improved version of Aiki in terms of usability – fares to help people drop procrastination and instead learn programming with the help of micro-learning activities.
Another awesome video directed by Nanna that presents the highlights of the paper:
Nanna Inie directed an amazing video showcasing Aiki for our CHI’21 presentation.
The corresponding paper with Nanna Inie, Aiki: Turning Procrastination into Microlearning shows that:
CHI’23: Nanna Inie, Bjørn Hjorth Westh, John Muller, Mircea F. Lungu: Challenges and Opportunities of Using Redirection of Activity for Self-Regulation Online. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA.
CHI’21: Nanna Inie and Mircea F. Lungu. 2021. Aiki: Turning Procrastination into Microlearning. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 369, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445202
A think tank has recommended a time limit on children’s social media access. The recommendation is based on research showing that excessive social media use can lead to unhappiness. The think tank also pointed out that children can be exposed to violent content on social media and made 11 recommendations to tackle the problem. In Denmark the Minister of Culture has supported the proposals, and will discuss them with his Nordic counterparts on May 3rd. He also argues that effective age verification should be introduced at the EU level.