LANDSCAPECalming by designing for spontaneous social behavior
Breadth of spontaneity "an organization which depends solely upon its blueprints of Robustness prescribed behavior is a very fragile social system" Katz (1964)“Think about the people in your life who youwould consider spontaneous. They seem so Vitalismalive, don’t they? They are so positive andconﬁdent.” “positive mood at work is a direct antecedent of organizational Mood spontaneity and a pivotal construct in stress reduction.” George (1992)Spontaneity means acting in accordance with anatural feeling, impulse or tendency without Tendenciesany constant, effort or premeditation. “So-called "Judging" (J) types tend to live in a controlled, self- regulated, orderly fashion; more adaptive Balance "Perceiving" (P) types prefer to live in a more ﬂexible, unscheduled--i.e., spontaneous--way” - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Non-tech spontaneous sport enablers Equipment (e.g. sports gear box in dorm lounge)Place (e.g. central park) Time People (e.g. pick-up basketball)
Location-focused social apps Which friends and treasures are nearby? + reward incentive system - hard to move from info to actionFinding nearby strangers with aspeciﬁc interest+ focuses on enabling spontaneity+/- very speciﬁc activity What should I be doing? + UI, versatile - focused on planning not spontaneity Sharing the phenomenal experience + sophisticated tech, Wow factor “Color” - not aimed at real-life interaction All lacking the calming aspect!
Community-focused social apps Self-explanatory heavy-weights + well-established + great for large-scale social spontaneity (eg, Libya)& & et al. +/- big, not focused communitiesConnect to friends via your favorite shows+ nice addition to speciﬁc market “IntoNow”- might discourage real-life social behavior Crowd-sourcing review site + calming by decreasing choice - answers where not how
Other techMulti-user hands on computing device+ encourages a multitude of uses- goal-orientated Texting + powerful trigger - small community
Questions and Insights- often an activity’s spontaneity is inversely proportional to it’s sociableness- the triangle question: how to provide all three vortices while keeping it spontaneous?- current solutions have a hard time motivating users from info to action- encouraging spontaneous social activities requires speciﬁc communities (socially and geographically)- Current tech solutions suffer b/c of 1. social stigma and II. user expectation I.) it’s weird posting a twitter or FB update asking who has time to play golf II.) b/c it is not expected I’m much less likely to engage/look for such activities on existing tech- Large void when it comes to calming!