With the recent discussions surrounding misinformation and personal privacy, there has been escalating concern over the effects of the internet and the attention economy. Much of the digital economy is supported by the advertising model which generates revenue by monetizing people's attention. The contest for people's finite time has incentivized platforms to optimize their designs and content recommendation algorithms to maximize addictiveness and, therefore, advertising revenue.
This led to the creation of movements and organizations such as Time Well Spent which advocate for people to take back control of their time to improve digital well-being. In response, Apple has introduced Screen Time with iOS 12 and Google released Digital Wellbeing for Android. Both help users visualize app usage and self-impose limits on how much time they spend on their mobile devices.
These aids, however, are often tucked away behind menus, reducing their accessibility. They also focus primarily on total time spent, making it difficult to see apps we are constantly distracted by but spend little time on. In addition, fixed time limits are very rigid compared to our more fluid behavior. To accommodate for this, time limit mechanisms often include easy bypasses which obviate their purpose.
Hibiol visualizes your browsing history in your browser's new tab page. A timeline displays information for today and a day within the past week. For both days, the 3 websites you spend the most time on and the 2 websites you visit most frequently are shown. Keeping data from only the past week allows for comparisons with only recent information while accommodating for off days, like times when we binge read or watch an entire series.
Instead of using onerous interventions, Hibiol continually reminds us of how we spend our time. When we perceive a divide between how we think we behave and how we actually behave, we experience cognitive dissonance. To resolve this dissonance, we adjust our expectations and actions to make them consistent with one another. Increasing the visibility of our browsing behavior creates a consistent feedback loop which keeps us conscientious our demeanor.
To mirror the time of day, Hibiol cycles through different themes for daytime, golden hour, sunrise and sunset, civil twilight, nautical twilight, astronomical twilight, and nighttime.
KOSHO TSUBOI DESIGN — Magic Calendar
Leon Festinger — Theory of Cognitive Dissonance