Gaia Bernstein’s forthcoming book: The Over-Users: Happiness, Technology Addiction and the Power of Awareness looks at how our excessive use of smartphones and screens is fundamentally changing who we are, how we relate to each other and even our capacity to be happy. It portrays the changing face of childhood, family life and adult relationships, highlighting that technology over-use is an all-encompassing social and human issue not isolated to extreme cases of gamers lost in the grasps of an irresistible online game.
The Over-Users, promotes a social action approach to address technology over-use. These days, many families are isolated in failing home battles. Instead of placing the burden solely on the individual to adopt self-help measures, The Over-Users emphasizes the importance of changing addictive technology designs of smartphones and social networks. Social awareness of the harms of excessive use is critical to developing market pressure on technology companies to implement design changes. The Over-Users examines and advocates for the use of awareness promoting legal measures, such as labeling and advertisement requirements, to mobilize social action.