David Grüning

David is a PhD student and researcher affiliated with the Department of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg and the Department of Survey Methodology and Design at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Beyond his academic roles, he holds the position of research director for the consumption-regulating app "one sec," and he leads research efforts involving other applications like "Structured," "RoutineFlow," and "Subwords." Additionally, he serves as the chair of the Science Board within the Prosocial Design Network (PDN).

His current research is primarily focused on the development of digital and app-based interventions designed to apply psychological mechanisms within online environments. He aims to accurately measure the effects of these interventions using both subjective methods such as self-reports and objective measures like digital behavior screening. His work encompasses two main dimensions. Firstly, he engages in direct applied research, where he works on creating, refining, and documenting digital interventions in a manner that is accessible and understandable to the general public. Secondly, he displays an interest in theoretical approaches within the field, including categorical frameworks that distinguish between different types of interventions, while also addressing existing gaps in the current body of literature. Ultimately, his goal is to enable individuals to take on the role of architects for their digital worlds.

Is Reducing Our Digital Consumption the Solution?

How often have you caught yourself scrolling mindlessly through your social media feed today?

In this thought-provoking talk, David Grüning explores the importance of understanding our digital consumption. He highlights the distinction between automatic and deliberate consumption, emphasizing the potential positive effects of intentional online engagement. David advocates for mindful digital habits, offering strategies to cultivate a healthier relationship with technology and enhance our well-being and social connections.