New year resolutions? Take your smartphone seriously in 2019

Quit smoking, drink less alcohol, eat less sugar, or finally go crossfitting once a week. Most life resolutions are now cliché’s. The real hipster announces a monthly detox weekend as his new year resolution in January. But being away from the smartphone for a few days is just as useless as going a weekend to Paris to forget work stress. This is only a treatment for the symptoms and it leads to polarisation and fluctuation of behaviour without tackling the core of the problem. The smartphone has a lot of potential to enrich our lives, but at the moment the mobile device is a glorified slot machine. Digital detoxing, the newcomer in the list of lifestyle trends, clearly shows that we are still struggling with the question: How to live a good life with your smartphone?


Thijs Pepping


Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society. He specialized in Humanistic Counselling and Education at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht and worked for five years with autistic children. His background in psychology and philosophy drives him to find meaningful answers to business related questions and to provoke whenever necessary. He is co-author of multiple publications on the impact of new technologies, such as ‘The FrankensteinFactor’, ‘AI First – Learning from the machine’, and ‘The Pursuit of Digital Happiness’ series. See for his previous and current work. VINT provides practical insight into the likely impact and innovative applications of new technologies for organizations worldwide. This valuable intelligence helps public and private sector enterprises to anticipate and plan for the complex dynamics of the future. The use of new technological developments is aimed at generating value that anticipates future developments.

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