Smartphone has become an inseparable part of our life. We’re checking the screen more than 100 times per day, from the moment we wake up until we go back to sleep, and our minds are constantly connected to the virtual world.
Although smartphone makes our lives a lot easier, it has become clear that it decreases our general well-being - more stress, reduced sleep and lack of meaningful relationships are just a few outcomes on the surface.
When children get their first smartphone or tablet, they enter the same limitless digital world and face the same threats as anybody else. Smart devices, where entertaining games and apps are fighting for users’ attention, inhibit children’s well-being and reduce time spent on developing activities which could help them to reach their dreams in the future.
We believe these small supercomputers should not weaken our minds and society, instead, they should serve us in the best possible way. As children are the most vulnerable group, we at hoopy have decided to realign smartphones and tablets with their best interests.
Together with children’s growth researchers from Estonia and educational experts from Finland, hoopy redesigns the core user interface of an Android operating system in order to protect children from excessive screen-time and to balance the time spent with devices with nutritious learning activities.