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The presentation at the PicNic Conference ''08 in Amsterdam.

The presentation at the PicNic Conference ''08 in Amsterdam.



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Virtual Happines Project Virtual Happines Project Presentation Transcript

  • The Virtual Happiness Project Jim Stolze @ PicNic ‘08 www.virtualhappiness.org
  • 2 observations 1 announcement
  • #1 Happiness? [observation] View slide
  • “Happiness is good health and bad memory” Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) View slide
  •  medicine  nobel prize  happiness research
  • 50 years research
  • Happiness is not about being in good health winning the lottery having power living in a good neighbourhood
  • 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 ancestors did by their campfires.
  • 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 internet has become a popular place to do this.
  • 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 to things like: - information stress - friendship inflation - continious partial apttention?
  • Continious Partial Attention?
  • Many questions...
  • February 2009
  • Survey www.virtualhappiness.org
  • Happy PicNic!
  • Thank you JimStolze@gmail.com www.virtualhappiness.org