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The Virtual Happiness Project




Jim Stolze @ PicNic ‘08   www.virtualhappiness.org
2 observations
1 announcement
#1 Happiness?
   [observation]
“Happiness is good health
   and bad memory”
    Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
       medicine


      nobel prize


   happiness research
50 years research
Happiness is not about
         being in good health
           winning the lottery
             having power
   living in...
the difference
social factor
interact
#2 Internet Usage
     [observation]
no surprise
We sing, we argue, we laugh and we talk...
We sing, we argue, we laugh, we talk
we dream, we love, and we turn strangers into friends.
We sing, we argue, we share, we talk,
we dream, we love, and turn strangers into good friends.
     Just like our ancestor...
Except, we don’t live in the age of Kumbaya anymore.
Global Campfire
Shaping our minds and driving social interaction.
#1 Happiness
        +
#2 Internet Usage
We are a social species
         and need to interact to feel happy
         and because it's lack of boundaries
the inter...
So...
Does this mean that being online,
    makes you feel happier?
So...
Do all these bits and bytes create a thing called
Virtual Happiness
Virtual Happiness Project
             - hypothesis
           - global survey
        - two experiments
measurable
And if we find a correlation between spending time
         online and feelings of happiness.


        How is this related...
Continious Partial Attention?
Many questions...
February 2009
Survey
www.virtualhappiness.org
Happy PicNic!
Thank you



JimStolze@gmail.com   www.virtualhappiness.org
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  1. 1. The Virtual Happiness Project Jim Stolze @ PicNic ‘08 www.virtualhappiness.org
  2. 2. 2 observations 1 announcement
  3. 3. #1 Happiness? [observation]
  4. 4. “Happiness is good health and bad memory” Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
  5. 5.  medicine  nobel prize  happiness research
  6. 6. 50 years research
  7. 7. Happiness is not about being in good health winning the lottery having power living in a good neighbourhood
  8. 8. the difference
  9. 9. social factor
  10. 10. interact
  11. 11. #2 Internet Usage [observation]
  12. 12. no surprise
  13. 13. We sing, we argue, we laugh and we talk...
  14. 14. We sing, we argue, we laugh, we talk we dream, we love, and we turn strangers into friends.
  15. 15. We sing, we argue, we share, we talk, we dream, we love, and turn strangers into good friends. Just like our ancestors did by their campfires.
  16. 16. Except, we don’t live in the age of Kumbaya anymore.
  17. 17. Global Campfire
  18. 18. Shaping our minds and driving social interaction.
  19. 19. #1 Happiness + #2 Internet Usage
  20. 20. We are a social species and need to interact to feel happy and because it's lack of boundaries the internet has become a popular place to do this.
  21. 21. So... Does this mean that being online, makes you feel happier?
  22. 22. So... Do all these bits and bytes create a thing called
  23. 23. Virtual Happiness
  24. 24. Virtual Happiness Project - hypothesis - global survey - two experiments
  25. 25. measurable
  26. 26. And if we find a correlation between spending time online and feelings of happiness. How is this related to things like: - information stress - friendship inflation - continious partial apttention?
  27. 27. Continious Partial Attention?
  28. 28. Many questions...
  29. 29. February 2009
  30. 30. Survey www.virtualhappiness.org
  31. 31. Happy PicNic!
  32. 32. Thank you JimStolze@gmail.com www.virtualhappiness.org

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