Just came across this awesome podcast from WNYC Note to Self:
In this episode on What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?, host Manoush Zomorodi chats with Google’s Design Ethics & Product Philosopher Tristan Harris on design ethics, or what considerations ought to be in place when a handful of white males in Silicon Valley who make products and choices that affect how 1 billion people spend their attention.
In the tradition/current attention economy, websites and publications measure success by the amount of time a user spends interacting with their products. A few services, such as Couchsurfing, have tried a new approach of measuring the net positive benefit for the user:
positive experience – time spend on website (cost) = net positive benefit
Harris calls the growing problem of internet glut a “pollution problem” and argues that we need more public pressure on technologists and designers to build systems and products that truly value the user’s experience.