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Hacking Reality Better                           Benjamin OlmstedWednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Is it possible to turn phone rings                        into                    a reason to                         :)? ...
Check it:                     Anytime you hear a phone:                                               :)                  ...
Ten 20-something year olds                                                    4 Days                                      ...
Not important right now                           You want to know how we did it.         Did what?                       ...
Let me repeat that                                We added a                     new behavior                             ...
A day in the Trial       The participants were texted 3 times per day        • 11 am - “Visualize a phone ringing later in...
Ten 20-something year olds                                                    4 Days                                      ...
Layering Pro-social behavior                          over existing social networks:                                      ...
Living with People Is                                Stressful                                20 Housemates               ...
[Stuff] builds up.                                     Like dishes.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
So we clean them.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
...and they pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
So we clean them again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
But we don’t have the           emotional tools to clean             up the resentment.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sure enough, the dishes pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
And the Resentment       grows and grows.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The               dishes               pile up.                          For 9 months.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
How do we get though this accumulation             of interpersonal kitchen scuz to connect                         with o...
Babies!                          No. That would be unethical.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Plus, we can’t handle dishes...Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Children: designed to       Big Ol’ Head!                     be loved!    (1,2)                                Large eyes...
So, what did we do?Wednesday, June 8, 2011
1) Curated Baby photos for               each of the 20 housematesWednesday, June 8, 2011
2) Made a BlogWednesday, June 8, 2011
3) Posted Every DayWednesday, June 8, 2011
4) Emailed participantsWednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Stats                   • 28 users (~17 active users)                   • 100 replies to 12 posts.                   • App...
Speculations                   • Habits of perception may offer very large                          shifts w/r/t calming. ...
Science!                  •       1) Lishner, David A., Luis V. Oceja, E. L. Stocks, and Kirstin Zaspel. "The             ...
What if?                   • Stop lights were wondrous?                   • Your project teams saw each other as          ...
[Meta] - Words                                                   The blog is                                              ...
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  1. 1. Hacking Reality Better Benjamin OlmstedWednesday, June 8, 2011
  2. 2. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  3. 3. Is it possible to turn phone rings into a reason to :)? Empirically, yes! Yes it is.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  4. 4. Check it: Anytime you hear a phone: :) [Breathing in I calm my body, Breathing out I smile.]Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  5. 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. 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. 7. Let me repeat that We added a new behavior (smiling) to an existing trigger (phone ring)Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  8. 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. 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. 10. Layering Pro-social behavior over existing social networks: WinWednesday, June 8, 2011
  11. 11. Living with People Is Stressful 20 Housemates 2 houses No maids Over 9 months...Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  12. 12. [Stuff] builds up. Like dishes.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  13. 13. So we clean them.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  14. 14. ...and they pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  15. 15. So we clean them again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  16. 16. But we don’t have the emotional tools to clean up the resentment.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  17. 17. Sure enough, the dishes pile up again.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  18. 18. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  19. 19. And the Resentment grows and grows.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  20. 20. The dishes pile up. For 9 months.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  21. 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. 22. Babies! No. That would be unethical.Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  23. 23. Plus, we can’t handle dishes...Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  24. 24. Children: designed to Big Ol’ Head! be loved! (1,2) Large eyes Soft skin High cheekbones Small ChinWednesday, June 8, 2011
  25. 25. So, what did we do?Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  26. 26. 1) Curated Baby photos for each of the 20 housematesWednesday, June 8, 2011
  27. 27. 2) Made a BlogWednesday, June 8, 2011
  28. 28. 3) Posted Every DayWednesday, June 8, 2011
  29. 29. 4) Emailed participantsWednesday, June 8, 2011
  30. 30. Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  31. 31. Stats • 28 users (~17 active users) • 100 replies to 12 posts. • Approximately 1000 words in response to each postWednesday, June 8, 2011
  32. 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. 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. 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. 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
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