How Smart Phones Distract: The Subtle Art of Brain Hacking

18 Apr

Last week on 60 minutes Anderson Cooper interviewed Tristan Harris (a former Google product manager) on how smart phones, apps, and platforms are designed for addiction and distraction.

Of particular note was Anderson’s neurological spikes and cortisol releases when hearing the sound of an incoming text with phone just out of reach.

Given the never ending capture of personal/social informationgiving developers new insights from this ongoing and immediate grand social experiment (that is behavioral engineering)there is a vital case to be made for being more intentional about how much attention and agency we give away without our consent.

See segment:

Glad to see developers building apps to help us take a strategic pause now and again and re-establish contact with humanity and reality. It’s unfortunate that the App Store won’t sell them.

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