The apps you use on a daily basis are unashamedly designed to encourage addictive behaviours. Social media, messaging and game apps in particular use psychological manipulation to get you checking your phone as often as possible and spending the maximum possible time there. No wonder you find yourself glued to your phone so often!
A group of former Facebook, Google and Apple employees have launched a campaign to protect
people from addictive technologies.
They have teamed up to pressure technology companies to make their products “less intrusive and less addictive”.
They will also warn people about the dangers of technology, and help engineers build products that have less potential to inflict harm on users.
Leading Kids' Advocacy Organization, Former Google Design Ethicist Tristan Harris Raise
Alarm over Tech Industry Practices and the Impact on Kids
Leaders to Unveil A Road Map for Kids' Digital Well-Being at the Truth About Tech conference in Washington, D.C., February 7
(CNN) - "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."
Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these platforms, according to some reports. That breaks down to around half a million tweets and Snapchat photos shared every minute.