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Is technology causing or curing loneliness?
Did video chat distance people emotionally as well as physically when it replaced the conference room, or did it provide a social lifeline through months of mandatory distancing?
The connection between frequent social media use and feelings of social isolation has been widely reported. But at the same time, a multitude of apps are providing a path to learning, connection, and socialising. On the one hand, it’s compounding mental health issues; in other forms, it’s teaching mindfulness, meditation, and providing counselling lifelines.
Mental health and technology have a complicated relationship. But here, we speak to experts to explore some of the ways that businesses can both reduce the stressors that technology can bring – and highlight the times when technology offers the access and solution that many could be looking for.
YuLife is a tech-driven group risk insurance company on a mission to inspire life and turn financial products into a force for good by harnessing the power of gamification and the latest behavioural science, to reward healthy living and put everyday wellness within reach of everyone.
YuLife is using behavioural science combined with elements of game design to motivate people to improve their lifestyle. Focusing on small, achievable goals, which are encouraged by friendly competition with colleagues and positive reinforcement through rewards and benefits, people are engaging with YuLife's app to change how they live – with the data to prove it works.