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  • 1. Hacking Reality Better Benjamin OlmstedWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 2. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 3. Is it possible to turn phone rings into a reason to :)? Empirically, yes! Yes it is.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 4. Check it: Anytime you hear a phone: :) [Breathing in I calm my body, Breathing out I smile.]Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 5. Ten 20-something year olds 4 Days +114 smiles Joy Creation [and +3.3 smiles per person per day]Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 6. Not important right now You want to know how we did it. Did what? Added a new behavior (smiling) to an existing trigger (phone ring)Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 7. Let me repeat that We added a new behavior (smiling) to an existing trigger (phone ring)Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 8. A day in the Trial The participants were texted 3 times per day • 11 am - “Visualize a phone ringing later in the day. Smile at the ring.” • 2 pm - “:)” • 9 pm - “How many times did you smile @ rings today?” Participants texted back a number.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 9. Ten 20-something year olds 4 Days +114 smiles Joy Creation [and +3.3 smiles per person per day]Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 10. Layering Pro-social behavior over existing social networks: WinWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 11. Living with People Is Stressful 20 Housemates 2 houses No maids Over 9 months...Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 12. [Stuff] builds up. Like dishes.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 13. So we clean them.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 14. ...and they pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 15. So we clean them again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 16. But we don’t have the emotional tools to clean up the resentment.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 17. Sure enough, the dishes pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 18. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 19. And the Resentment grows and grows.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 20. The dishes pile up. For 9 months.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 21. How do we get though this accumulation of interpersonal kitchen scuz to connect with our friends? @#$@ who never cleans his oatmeal pot ? Friend!Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 22. Babies! No. That would be unethical.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 23. Plus, we can’t handle dishes...Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 24. Children: designed to Big Ol’ Head! be loved! (1,2) Large eyes Soft skin High cheekbones Small ChinWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 25. So, what did we do?Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 26. 1) Curated Baby photos for each of the 20 housematesWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 27. 2) Made a BlogWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 28. 3) Posted Every DayWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 29. 4) Emailed participantsWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 30. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 31. Stats • 28 users (~17 active users) • 100 replies to 12 posts. • Approximately 1000 words in response to each postWednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 32. Speculations • Habits of perception may offer very large shifts w/r/t calming. • Targeting existing, strong networks (i.e. family/highly connected social groups) with prosocial interventions is +++ good. • Leaving open the possibility of heroic participation, especially when the users are highly motivated and capable, leave room for outrageous outcomes.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 33. Science! • 1) Lishner, David A., Luis V. Oceja, E. L. Stocks, and Kirstin Zaspel. "The Effect of Infant-like Characteristics on Empathic Concern for Adults in Need." Motivation and Emotion 32.4 (2008): 270-77. Web. • 2) Berry, Diane S., and Leslie Z. McArthur. "Some Components and Consequences of a Babyface." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 48.2 (1985): 312-23. Print.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 34. What if? • Stop lights were wondrous? • Your project teams saw each other as children? • We taught children the abstract skill of re- mapping stressors into triggers for joy, love, and calm?Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • 35. [Meta] - Words The blog is currently private • It definitely helped lower my stress while I was working on my term papers, etc. • Baby pictures set up a nice trajectory. (WHOA, baby Reed was awesome, Reed right now is awesome, old man Reed is going to be awesome!) • "Shining Like the Sun" gave me a more balanced sense of my friends as beings in time. It helped to reduce the anxiety I feel associated with leaving them. • It may be an unfortunately easy tendency to criticize and condemn your friends and neighbors for their human faults on a day-to-day basis, but its so fortunately easy to love a child, and to see that we all come from that place of open, joyful, innocence that dissolves all negativity. • It has filled me with love and admiration for my fellow Ithakans; it helps me ponder and appreciate their past trajectories and their future ones, and brings excitement to think how said trajectories will intersect in the future. In reflection, I find some calmness and resolve at the prospect of Ithaka 1.0s dispersalWednesday, June 8, 2011