Better Digital Wellbeing with User Experience Design

In an age where digital technology is an integral part of our daily lives, digital wellbeing is a crucial aspect of our overall health and wellness. User experience design plays an important role in fostering a healthier and more balanced digital lifestyle.

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What is digital wellbeing

Digital wellbeing refers to the mindful and intentional use of digital tools to enhance one’s life without negatively impacting mental, emotional, social or physical health. It is the state of being healthy and balanced in your use of technology.

Digital wellbeing encompasses various elements, including managing screen time, cultivating healthy online habits, and striking a balance between the virtual and physical worlds. It goes beyond the mere absence of digital harm and focuses on creating a positive and enriching digital experience.

The role of user experience (UX) design

User experience design, at its core, is about creating products and interfaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also intuitive and functional. When applied through the lens of digital wellbeing, UX design can have a profound impact on how individuals interact with technology. Both in a bad way and a good way.

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UX for digital ill-being

UX Design can be used to make users engage with digital products for an unhealthy amount of time. That may lead to addictive behaviors that have a negative impact on people’s lives. People might move less, sleep less, engage less with real-world and other people. That brings money to the tech companies, but that does not increase peoples’ wellbeing.

UX for digital wellbeing

Fortunately UX design can do some good, too. Here are five examples of how UX designers can contribute to digital wellbeing:

1) Design intuitive user interfaces

Designing interfaces that are easy to use reduces frustration and minimizes the time users spend figuring out how to use an application. This simplicity encourages users to accomplish their tasks efficiently, promoting a sense of control and mastery over their digital environment.

2) Avoid information overload

You should always provide informative headings and summaries on top of the page, and make the page easy to scan. That way users can quickly see if the page has the information they were looking for, saving time and frustration.

3) Give users control

Providing users with options to personalize their digital experiences empowers them to tailor their environment according to their preferences. This customization can include features like adjustable notification settings, themes, and content preferences, allowing users to create a digital space that aligns with their values and goals. Always let use control if they want to receive notifications or not. Less notifications, less unwanted interruptions.

4) Provide a healthy scroll design

One of the most addictive designs are endless scrolls. They make it very tempting for users to just keep scrolling and scrolling. Instead, a better navigation design would provide natural moments to stop and think weather user really wants to spend more time with the product at that time.

5) Make the time of use visible

Implementing clear and constructive feedback mechanisms helps users understand the impact of their digital habits. For example, tracking and visualizing screen time can raise awareness and enable users to make informed decisions about their usage patterns.


In the quest for a harmonious relationship with technology, digital wellbeing and user experience are intrinsically connected. User-centered design can be a powerful ally in crafting digital environments that prioritize the health and wellness of users. As we move forward in the digital age, let’s continue to embrace UX designs that are not only usable but also nurture users’ digital wellbeing.

This post was written partly in collaboration with Chat GPT.

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