The Edge explained: Mood Geisting
Brand, optimize my vibe. In the Age of Anxiety, mood prediction and modulation is a new human behaviour and space for innovation. From hotels with responsive ambient rooms to LSD microdosing to make us smarter and happier at work, we’re getting psyched.
Why is it relevant now?
From cannabis and candles to the explosion of quarantine-themed playlists, a socially-isolated society looks for ways to brighten the mood. On Spotify, the COVID-19 Quarantine Party Playlist boasts 405,292 followers with hits like The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” and Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”.
What if …
Pessimism got some mood-modulation and businesses innovated ways to psych-up our mental state?
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