How Tech Companies Get You Addicted to Your Smartphone

By H&W on 17th Apr 2018

A must-read article in Time Magazine reveals the ways App, Game and Software developers use highly sophisticated tricks to get you hooked to your phone. The result?

Every day, we check our phones an average of 47 times–every 19 minutes of our waking lives–and spend roughly five hours total peering at their silvery glow. There’s no good consensus about what all this screen time means for children’s brains, adolescents’ moods or the future of our democratic institutions. But many of us are seized these days with a feeling that it’s not good. Last year, the American Psychological Association found that 65% of us believe that periodically unplugging would improve our mental health, and a 2017 University of Texas study found that the mere presence of our smartphones, face down on the desk in front of us, undercuts our ability to perform basic cognitive tasks. New York University psychologist Adam Alter describes the current state of tech obsession as a “full-blown epidemic.”

Click here for the full version of this fascinating and worrying article.

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