my take on 10 trends in wellness & intimacy tech:

1. Peloton for the 🧠
2. Group therapy
3. Serendipitous relationships
4. Audio = Intimacy
5. Mindful productivity
6. Sleep Tech
7. D2C Psychiatry
8. Psychedelics
9. Closed social networks:
10. Children & elderly m-health

1) Peloton for the 🧠

Application of EEG brain activity sensors & HRV to mental health will become more rampant.

Because mental improvement is hard to see, devices that close this loop through bio-feedback will make mental wellness as measurable as physical fitness.
2) Cohort-based Group Therapy

Group therapy lowers the cost of access, while combining the therapeutic benefits of authentically connecting to a community.

We’ll begin to see group-based cohorts aimed at every demographic, stage in life, mental health illness, occupation, etc.
3) Finding Friends/partners becomes authentic and serendipitous.

Social media has morphed our digital presence into manicured squares.

Connecting with others authentically (with all our idiosyncrasies) and serendipitously (outside our immediate social graph) will be the future.
4) Audio lowering the barriers to spontaneous intimacy.

With podcasts/Clubhouse, the voice has lowered the barriers for connection and intimacy.

The immediacy of voice is far more meaningful than words on a screen. Instantaneous audio = the love language of the digital realm.
5) Mindful Productivity in response to the Attention Economy.

The burden to prune ones digital consumption diet and limit its pervasiveness falls upon the consumer.

As a result, more tools will emerge to help us reclaim our time and give us psychological freedom.
6) Rise of sleep tech: physical & digital.

Meditation is a vitamin, sleep is a pain-killer.

From hustle culture to holistic wellness, America is now woke to the importance of sleep.

Tech is now rushing in to bolster our sleep practice with data, self-awareness, and tools.
7) D2C Psychiatric Medicine

1 in 6 Americans take a psychiatric drug.

Vetting psychiatrists, staying on top of filling prescriptions, and adjusting medication amounts, is hard.

A new wave of tech cos now enable ordering meds & seeing a psychiatrist all from your phone.
8) Alternative “medicine” coming into the Mainstream:


Similar to cannabis, a new wave of start-ups will support their distribution/education.
9) The next decade of social media will move from:

open → exclusive/semi-private

curated by algorithms → curated by trusted connections

ad-driven → community-owned

designed to collect data → designed for privacy

growth as key success metric → trust as key success metric
10) Mental health for polar ends of the age spectrum: children & the elderly.

Esp as children become more vulnerable to mental health disorders and the elderly become increasingly isolated.

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