This kind of screen use fosters obsession and addiction, especially for children. Environment, marketing and our own desire to take the easy road play into it. There is a hidden societal cost on our population's obsession with smartphones and social media, that is not talked about and poorly understood. Perhaps even more worryingly, these developments are still in their infancy and we have little idea of what their long-term impacts might be. Looking at why and how this is happening but also suggesting how we can manage it this is a book that everyone who owns a computer, a mobile phone, or a tablet should read.
Things like frequent rewards, progress chart, slight stretch goals, social aspects etc can be used very effectively to motivate people in the work or personal environment. This is because they know the truth. This book offers an overview of some of the temptations that trigger addiction, including cliffhanger sequences, positive feedback loops and social interaction. A book about the social psychology behind the design of interaction of most applications we use everyday in the online world. These situations are not unique to me but that does Originally reviewed at. In 2004, Facebook was fun; in 2016, addictive.
There are plenty of articles online about how to step away from the Internet and connectivity, but doing so can do a lot more for your health than just improve your state of mind. That book is known for its classic dinner party examples of how the environment shapes our actions—for example, crime statistics decline when the street lighting is blue, seeing a picture of a pair of eyes makes you behave more honestly, and if you stare at the colour pink for two minutes, you weaken in strength. Personally I think a lot of marketing etc. He espouses a prevention model — we must educate children in how to use these technologies safely rather than waiting until problematic behaviour is entrenched and then attempting to change it. They are well aware of the addictive potential in their creations.
Change environment: The reason why Vietnam veterans escaped their heroin addictions was because they had escaped the circumstance that ensnared them. The human tendencies that enslave us to smartphones, tablets, and video games also prepare us to do good: to eat better, exercise more, work smarter, behave more generously, and save more money. Nevertheless, this is a must read. There was nothing new in it. For many of us, checking phones has become compulsive.
Alter uses psychological studies, interviews and scientific research to explore the ways new technologies get us hooked. Every time you hit the snooze button, it automatically deducts a preset sum and donates it to a charity you abhor. Wearable fitness devices are criticized throughout the book for promoting addiction an exercise addiction psychologist, who unsurprisingly sees the people who are damaged by them, is quoted as saying no one should use wearables ever. And we must understand that technological advances need not be addictive but can be used for more benign purposes. By comparison, in 2008, before smartphones became widespread, adults spent just 18 minutes a day on their phone. Why are messaging apps, email and social media so hard to resist? We need technology to some extent, and learning how to control it must therefore be part of our education.
What made me feel hooked to the book was rather that I recognised myself in so many of the behaviour addiction patterns. How many times have you checked your phone today? The binge watching of Breaking Bad on Netflix is compared to the governmental phrasing of organ donation. Format note: I listened to the Audible audiobook, which Alter narrates. Probably virtual reality, currently in its infancy. In recent years, media and technology have perfected the lucrative art of gaining and holding our attention. Please check language within the description.
I've made a long analysis in Portuguese for my blog. Looking at why and how this is happening but also suggesting how we can manage it this is a book that everyone who owns a computer, a mobile phone, or a tablet should read. Can you imagine the outcry if religious leaders refused to let their children practice religion? Apart from these minor issues, I thought the book was great, both informative about the general issues of technology and behavioral addiction and, to a lesser extent, addiction in general and technology in general and full of great suggestions for dealing with technology, without coming across as too preachy or too much like a stereotypical self-help book. This extraordinary feat has changed the behaviour of billions of people, and especially the young: by current medical standards, we are experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic of addiction. Did you know that slot machines are the premier addiction delivery service? In the final section of the book, Alter turns his attention to potential solutions and attempts to strike a relatively positive tone. He has shared his ideas at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and with dozens of companies around the world.
Benjamin Grosser, a web developer, devised one of these clever tools. I particularly appreciate the way the book breaks down what appears to be a wild lack of willpower I'm looking at myself! But what exactly is an addiction? Don't keep your smartphone handy at all times. Alter makes a compelling and sobering case for the ubiquity of at least mild technology addiction, situating the conversation within the broader field of behavioral addiction. It was tough at first because I like accomplishing things and those little green stars are very rewarding, but in hindsight I see how it was interfering with my sleep because I was elevating my heart rate before going to bed. No mention of the ways addiction to pornography can compound addiction to digital technology. For example, while learning what might make games addictive, I also learned more detail about, and developed more appreciation for, what makes a game good and immersive. It raised the question of rethinking my own set of ethics when I design a product or feature of a product which is often the last thing startups think about - success metrics in companies are now ones like Minutes on Page, Conversion, Retention, etc, which, cumulatively, is just distracting the customer.
I now sleep with my phone in the drawing room and instead take my kindle with me. Few notes quotes Fact: Half of the developed world is addicted to something, and for most people that something is a behavior, not a substance. What does this mean for productivity when it takes up to 25 minutes to get back to productivity in the first place? Each time one of these laboratory escapades comes close to being compelling in the context of digital media, Alter swerves away, as if it was his mission to avoid saying anything the least bit original or interesting. We shall have to wait and see. In some ways this is not surprising, as our world is filled with addictive experiences: from social media and messaging, to rolling news and video streaming.
Rather, Alter parades psychological experiment after psychological experiment after psychological experiment, one after another, again and again, mice pressing levers to receive the orgasm drug, pigeons pecking buttons for food pellets, kittens kept in dar This is a gutless book. It would be a decent piece of journalism. He has shared his ideas at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and with dozens of companies around the world. This is why the photo-sharing platform Instagram outstripped its precursor Hipstamatic: both apps were essentially the same in terms of their picture-editing features, but only Instagram had its own social network, which enabled people to gorge themselves on praise and approval. I've never played the slots, so reading about them seemed like a very dull prospect. Search for: Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In addition to the sometimes top-dramatic tone, my main problem with the book was organizational.