Wow everyone! I can’t believe it!
Lifescale wins the Independent Press Award for best book in the “Personal Growth” category.
This is a book that wasn’t on my roadmap.
I wrote Lifescale after I observed in my work as a digital anthropologist that the pervasiveness of digital in our personal and professional lives was proving disruptive. And to be honest, I also wrote Lifescale as a journey to fix my world because I too was disrupted by my digital lifestyle.
Over the course of two years, my research would discover the design techniques used to intentionally change our behaviors and make mobile devices, social media, and online games so addictive. I also learned of the true effects of those design techniques…from short attention spans, to multitasking to the loss of deep concentration and creativity to more emotional impacts including unhappiness, loss of self-esteem and self-worth, and even depression.
Persuasive design not only changed our behaviors, but in doing so, our new behaviors also changed how we think, feel, and act. More so, our health and wellness was also disrupted. Without some sort of intervention, without some sort of reflection or a ctrl-alt-del for life, our path was only going to become more dire.
Lifescale is the result of learning how to rewire ourselves and our health forward. The book and the journey readers take isn’t about going to a time before digital, nor is it asking anyone to give up their devices and favorite apps. Instead, Lifescale is about learning how to take control, to move forward, and open the door to new possibilities. It’s a journey toward newfound creativity, happiness, and success.
That’s what it means to lifescale, to reflect upon where and who you really are and learn how to scale, every day, toward your future self.
Please consider reading or listening to Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life.
For this interested in talks that led up to the development at Lifescale and on the day of its official release, I’d like to share these two SXSW keynote presentations with you…