As people become more aware of the impact of tech addiction, they’re looking to develop a healthier relationship with their devices. Canvas8 spoke to Maths Mathisen, CEO and co-founder of Hold and a Nudgestock speaker, to find out whether smartphone overuse might be the new smoking.
Maths Mathisen is the CEO and co-founder of Hold, an app that incentivises students to put their phone down, and is now used by over half of Norway's student population.
Edoardo Biscossi is a behavioural analyst at Canvas8. He has a degree in Politics and an MSc in Consumer Behaviour. He’s interested in culture, people, art, the future, the niche, and the mass.
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