|Object date||founded 2012|
|Place of Origin||San Francisco, USA|
|Designer||Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew (founders), Chris Delbuck (head of product design)|
by student Taísa Ferreira Ribeiro
Social distancing has raised many concerns about well-being and mental health and a range of emotional reactions has become evident across the general population. As a response, the downloads of health and fitness apps has grown worldwide by 46%. With focus on sleep, meditation and relaxation, the app Calm showed the biggest growth in revenue compared to similar applications in the months of April and May of 2020 (Ang, 2020).
As social and work lives have shifted almost completely to the virtual realm, the personal search for well-being has also extended to cyber platforms. Yet the contradiction cannot be overlooked: in the pursuit of mindfulness and inner balance, the answer is found on the same device that is the source of many health issues. The Calm application promotes a quiet space, with no ads or pop-ups, and aims to ease phone addiction by optimizing user flows for off-screen usage.
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