Generation Z is the first generation that has grown with the internet as a tool to socialize and educate themselves from an early age. Recent reports show that screen consumption grows exponentially as new generations come along. This is alarming due to the fact that there is little to no control over screen use, more specifically towards smartphone use. Moreover, since the pandemic outbreak, screen time patterns have increased exponentially as result of imposed physical distance restrictions.
In this context of uncertainty, Sloom was born as an answer to teenagers that want to take control over their screen time before going to bed. Sloom is a service that prompts collaboration between participants. They are encouraged to customize each other’s bedtime experiences by defining the light colour of the night light and record personalized voice messages. The system helps them regulate screen time before bed by using light as means to indicate the time left for screen use. As time goes on, the system gradually reduces the initial countdown.