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5 ways how the Internet
     can make us happier...
                   Jim Stolze - Virtual Happiness
                    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Could you live
          without the internet?
                   And what would you do?
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
“With no internet?
                   I’d have to open a
                      restaurant...”
                          Seth Godin
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
“If I couldn’t surf the web,
                   I’d surf the waves of
                          Maui.”
                     TED-ster Tim Bratton
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Week 1

                         
                      Funny / Strange / Adopting
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Week 2

                          
                       Difficult / Angry / Regret
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Week 3

                        
                       Piece of mind / Focus
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Week 4

                        
                       Unsure / What’s next?
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Why?

   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Internet Usage
             & Happiness
                   www.virtualhappiness.org
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
Internet user Yes - No
Benefits vs
                   Disadvantages
                                  
                              vs
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA

being                  doing              surfing

                               [positive]            [positive]
         [positive]



                                   joy               w.i.l.f.-ing
         optimistic

                                  flow            productivity tools
      being in control

                            social interaction    social networks
         extravert
                              loneliness             lurking
         introvert

                                  stress             overload
    feeling of no control

                            acting grumpy         cyberbullying
        depression

                               [negative]           [negative]
         [negative]
continious
                                partial
multitasking                   attention
               productivity



                                
  content                     information
                overload
 explosion                        stress
5 ways how the Internet
     can make us happier...
                   Just a random selection of our 50!
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA
#1: Don’t take your
blackberry into the
     bedroom

1
#2: Accept that there
 is more information
  than you can read!

2
Results: 3,140,000,000 for information!
#3: Rely on social
       filters more

3
#4: Know the
difference between
online and offline

4
#5: Charge 1 ct for
    each e-mail!

5
- Forces us to think before we hit ‘send’
- We’ll gain 1,5 hours productivity a day
- ISP have a reasonable business model
- Average household can afford easily 20cts
- And the best reason of all...




5
SPAM!

5
The End

                      www.virtualhappiness.org
                     http://twitter.com/jimstolze
   Jim Stolze
@ TED University
February 6, 2009
Long Beach, CA

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TED University (Jim Stolze)

  • 1. 5 ways how the Internet can make us happier... Jim Stolze - Virtual Happiness Amsterdam, The Netherlands TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 2. Could you live without the internet? And what would you do? Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 3. “With no internet? I’d have to open a restaurant...” Seth Godin Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 4. “If I couldn’t surf the web, I’d surf the waves of Maui.” TED-ster Tim Bratton Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 5.
  • 6. Week 1  Funny / Strange / Adopting Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 7. Week 2  Difficult / Angry / Regret Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 8. Week 3  Piece of mind / Focus Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 9. Week 4  Unsure / What’s next? Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 10. Why? Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 11. Internet Usage & Happiness www.virtualhappiness.org Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 13. Benefits vs Disadvantages   vs Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 14.
  • 15. being doing surfing [positive] [positive] [positive]  joy w.i.l.f.-ing optimistic flow productivity tools being in control social interaction social networks extravert  loneliness lurking introvert stress overload feeling of no control  acting grumpy cyberbullying depression [negative] [negative] [negative]
  • 16. continious partial multitasking attention productivity   content information overload explosion stress
  • 17. 5 ways how the Internet can make us happier... Just a random selection of our 50! Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA
  • 18. #1: Don’t take your blackberry into the bedroom 1
  • 19. #2: Accept that there is more information than you can read! 2
  • 21. #3: Rely on social filters more 3
  • 22. #4: Know the difference between online and offline 4
  • 23. #5: Charge 1 ct for each e-mail! 5
  • 24. - Forces us to think before we hit ‘send’ - We’ll gain 1,5 hours productivity a day - ISP have a reasonable business model - Average household can afford easily 20cts - And the best reason of all... 5
  • 26. The End www.virtualhappiness.org http://twitter.com/jimstolze Jim Stolze @ TED University February 6, 2009 Long Beach, CA