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Egress! How technophilia can reinforce biophilia to improve ecological restoration
- Buettel, Jessie C., Brook, Barry W.
- Restoration ecology 2016 v.24 no.6 pp. 843-847
- community service, ecological restoration, sustainable technology
- For effective and sustained ecological restoration, community support is essential. Yet, in modern society, artificial constructs and electronic technology now dominate most peoples' interests (technophilia). This has led to a perceived growing disconnection between humans and nature. We ask how such technology might be harnessed as an agent of connection to the environment, rather than being seen as a driver of detachment. We use the example of a hugely popular mobile augmented reality smartphone game “Ingress” to show how gaming technology can excite people about nature, unlock their inherent biophilia, and highlight the value of ecological restoration in their everyday lives.