the anti-patterns

Through our research, we've identified dozens of mindful technology anti-patterns. These are cynical and damaging practices that are unfortunately commonplace. They are vectors of inhumane technology.

These anti-patterns are things that indiscriminately put profits first, prioritize technology over people, or use emotional manipulation to get people to do something they otherwise wouldn't. We frequently add to this list as we identify patterns and techniques that put humans last.

But these anti-patterns are more than just annoying tricks: along with the coded language and the Mindful Technology™ value system, they are signposts that can guide the way to build for digital well-being. When we challenge ourselves to avoid these anti-patterns, we are actually inviting ourselves to build technology more mindfully.

explore the mindful technology anti-patterns below. 👇🏽

 
non-disclosure

non-disclosure

click-through rate

click-through rate

masking tech

masking tech

fear

fear

fomo

fomo

guilt

guilt

shaming

shaming

"smart"

"smart"

"connected"

"connected"

auto-play

auto-play

auto-subscribe

auto-subscribe

insecurity

insecurity

hidden business models

hidden business models

scarcity

scarcity

gamification

gamification

pop-ups

pop-ups

pop-unders

pop-unders

forced arbitration

forced arbitration

burying contact info

burying contact info

selling user data

selling user data

streaks

streaks

badges

badges

countdowns

countdowns

rewards

rewards

faking humanity

faking humanity

auto-ship

auto-ship

notifications

notifications

opaqueness

opaqueness

endless scroll

endless scroll

what else?

what else?

feeding anger

feeding anger

sowing discontent

sowing discontent

silo-ing

silo-ing

binary choices

binary choices

sowing discontent

sowing discontent

what else? 

what else?