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An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Noah Kulwin, in NY Magazine: "If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a religion, complete with a quasi-messianic story of progress, the Church of Tech is now giving rise to a new sect of apostates, feverishly confessing their own sins. And the internet’s original sin, as these programmers and investors and CEOs make clear, was its business model."
nymag  internet  history  technology  addiction  socialmedia  internetculture 
12 weeks ago by warnick
Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over
David Sax, in the NY Times: "As much as we might fantasize about it, we probably won’t delete our social media accounts and toss our phones in the nearest body of water. What we can do is to restore some sense of balance over our relationship with digital technology, and the best way to do that is with analog: the ying to digital’s yang."
nytimes  technology  addiction  digital  analog 
november 2017 by warnick
Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them
David Pierce, in Wired: "You'll discover that you don't miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They're for brands and developers, methods by which thirsty growth hackers can grab your attention anytime they want. Allowing an app to send you push notifications is like allowing a store clerk to grab you by the ear and drag you into their store. You're letting someone insert a commercial into your life anytime they want. Time to turn it off."
wiredmagazine  notifications  distraction  addiction  phone  productivity 
november 2017 by warnick
The Phones We Love Too Much
Lesley Alderman, in the NY Times: "In our quest to be connected through technology, we’re tuning out our partners and interrupting a kind of biological broadband connection."
technology  addiction  nytimes  phone 
november 2017 by warnick
We Are Hopelessly Hooked
Jacob Weisberg reviews new books about digital culture by Turtle, Reagle, and Eyal: "If so much of what we do on the Internet is harmful to us, and harmful to one another, perhaps we should do less of it. But that turns out to be not so simple."
technology  digitalself  addiction  psychology  discourse  internetculture  bookreview 
march 2016 by warnick
Can’t Put Down Your Device? That’s by Design
Natasha Singer, in the NY Times: "There’s even an industry term for the experts who continually test and tweak apps and sites to better hook consumers, keep them coming back and persuade them to stay longer: growth hackers."
nytimes  technology  addiction  3844  socialmedia  psychology 
december 2015 by warnick
Addicted to Distraction
Tony Schwartz, in the NY Times: "Addiction is the relentless pull to a substance or an activity that becomes so compulsive it ultimately interferes with everyday life. By that definition, nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet. It has arguably replaced work itself as our most socially sanctioned addiction."
nytimes  addiction  internet  work  distraction 
november 2015 by warnick
Internet Addiction Quiz
An interesting (but scientifically suspect) tool designed to "help you determine whether you might have an unhealthy relationship with the Internet."
internet  addiction  timemanagement  quiz  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
Why Grandma's Sad
John Herrman responds to a recent NY Times article about kids and screen addiction: "Your grandchildren don’t look up from their phones because the experiences and friendships they enjoy there seem more interesting than what’s in front of them (you). Those experiences, from the outside, seem insultingly lame: text notifications, Emoji, selfies of other bratty little kids you’ve never met. But they’re urgent and real."
children  parenting  youth  addiction  screentime  technology 
august 2015 by warnick
"Teens Hooked on Screens," a New York Times debate
danah boyd: "We’re raising our children in captivity and they turn to technology to socialize, learn and decompress. Why are we blaming the screens?"
technology  addiction  youth  parenting  digitalculture 
august 2015 by warnick
Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful
Claire Cain Miller points to some new research in the NY Times: "[W]hy do we keep hearing that technology is harmful? Fear of technology is nothing new. Telephones, watches and televisions were similarly believed to interrupt people’s lives and pressure them to be more productive. In some ways they did, but the benefits offset the stressors. New technology is making our lives different, but not necessarily more stressful than they would have been otherwise."
nytimes  internet  addiction  stress  happiness  digitalself 
february 2015 by warnick
Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?
Maria Konnikova poses an interesting question in the New Yorker: "The Internet, after all, is a medium, not an activity in and of itself. If you spend your time gambling online, maybe you have a gambling addiction, not an Internet addiction. If you spend your time shopping online, maybe it’s a shopping addiction.... Can you be addicted to a longing for virtual connectivity in the same way that you can be addicted to a longing for a drink?"
internet  addiction  psychology 
december 2014 by warnick
Master of His Virtual Domain
The NY Times on addiction to online games and virtual worlds: "'Looking back, I think I must have been insane,' he told me, with a mix of pride and revulsion. 'I was so immersed in it at the time. I knew it was abnormal, but never to the extent that I see it now.'"
nytimes  digitalculture  addiction  videogames  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
Can't Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn't Technology — It's You
Mat Honan, in Wired: "The phone isn’t the problem. The problem is us—our inability to step away from email and games and inessential data, our inability to look up, be it at an alpine lake or at family members. We won’t be able to get away from it all for very much longer. So it’s vitally important that each of us learns how to live with a persistent connection, everywhere we go, whether it’s in the wilderness or at a dinner party."
mathonan  wiredmagazine  technology  solitude  addiction  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
The Skin of Anxiety
Kevin Barry details his online neuroses in a lovely essay: "I stay nowhere longer than a minute or two, if that. I’ll start to read a piece, but two paragraphs in I’ll go yeah, right, blah-de-blah, and move on. You could not by force of will design a state of mind more unsuitable for getting up and attempting to make Literature, but that, hilariously, is what I get up and try to do."
digitalself  psychology  addiction 
september 2013 by warnick
The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook
Alexis C. Madrigal, in the Atlantic: "I know the hypnosis, as I'm sure you do, too. You start clicking through photos of your friends of friends and next thing you know an hour has gone by. It's oddly soothing, but unsatisfying. Once the spell is broken, I feel like I've just wasted a bunch of time. But while it's happening, I'm caught inside the machine, a human animated GIF: I. Just. Cannot. Stop."
alexismadrigal  atlanticmonthly  internet  addiction  socialmedia  3844 
august 2013 by warnick
My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It’s All My Fault
Steve Almond, in the NY Times: "What I’m experiencing is, in essence, a generational reckoning, that queasy moment when those of us whose impatient desires drove the tech revolution must face the inheritors of this enthusiasm: our children."
stevealmond  nytimes  technology  parenting  addiction  3844  digitalself 
june 2013 by warnick
What Really Happens On A Teen Girl's iPhone
It's hard to know how typical this is, but it's horrifying all the same: "'I’ll wake up in the morning and go on Facebook just … because,' Casey says. 't's not like I want to or I don’t. I just go on it. I’m, like, forced to. I don’t know why. I need to. Facebook takes up my whole life.'"
iphone  technology  addiction  youth 
may 2013 by warnick
Learning to Let Go: First, Turn Off the Phone
NY Times article about gatherings that don't permit attendees to use digital devices. I can't decide if this is a good thing, or too cute by half.
technology  addiction  nytimes  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
The Answer is Just a Click Away
Dave Pell nails it again: "Technology used to be a way to solve life’s little problems. Now, technology is used to solve the little problems caused by technology. On some level, we know that doesn’t make sense, but we don’t have an app to convince us."
technology  addiction  davepell  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
I quit Twitter for a month and it completely changed my thinking about mostly everything.
Adam Brault: "I’ve realized—Twitter is outsourced schizophrenia. I have a couple hundred voices I have consensually  agreed to allow residence inside my brain."
twitter  addiction  socialmedia  attention  psychology  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
An Update on Leaving Facebook: Frankly, I’m Shocked at the Difference It’s Made
Rebecca Cusey: "Leaving is not for everyone. It may be I have a particularly susceptible personality. Yet, it bears consideration. Just because Facebook is the way things are now does not mean Facebook is the way things have to be."
facebook  socialmedia  addiction  internetculture  digitalself 
november 2012 by warnick
It’s Time to Retire the Technology Addiction Article
Charlie Nadler, writing in the Bygone Bureau: "[L]et’s go ahead and confirm that yes, we’ve heard that young people are evidently all addicted to technology. What’s apparent is that we also seem to be addicted to stories about being addicted to technology."
charlienadler  bygonebureau  addiction  technology  opinion 
november 2012 by warnick
Shutting out a world of digital distraction
The Telegraph reports on some famous writers and the tools they use to avoid digital distractions when they write.
telegraph  internet  addiction  distraction  3844 
september 2012 by warnick
Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)
Jenna Wortham, in the NY Times: "One side effect of living an always-on digital life is the tension, along with the thrill, that can arise from being able to peep into people’s worlds at any moment and comparing their lives with yours. This tension may be inevitable at times, but it’s not inescapable. It’s possible to move beyond the angst that social media can provoke — and to be glad that we’ve done so"
nytimes  jennawortham  internetculture  addiction  3844 
september 2012 by warnick
Happiness Takes (A Little) Magic
Brian Lam: "I fear technology not because I think it's evil, but because it's too easy to start clicking and never stop, even if the stream of data starts to go from meaningful to useless after the top 5%"
internetculture  happiness  psychology  technology  addiction  brianlam 
february 2012 by warnick
Miss G.: A Case of Internet Addiction
Virginia Heffernan challenges the conventional wisdom on internet addiction: "There are certain popular diversions — television, video games, the Internet — that we pursue so deliriously we end up hating ourselves for loving them. Others we brightly recast as the duties of citizenship: newspapers, public radio, sports. All the while, cottage industries crop up to freak us out about our every last cultural pursuit. In recent years, it’s Internet use that’s been styled as potentially sick, and 'Internet addiction' a new reason for self-hatred."
internet  addiction  technology  digitalculture  virginiaheffernan  nytimes 
april 2011 by warnick
The Internet Won’t Damage Your Brain – But it Might Ruin Your Life
Dave Pell's hilarious (and insightful) response to Steven Pinker: "Of course, we shouldn’t panic. But a guy who follows only two people on Twitter telling me not to worry about the impact of the realtime web is like a guy who’s had his first sip of a wine spritzer telling people at an A.A. meeting that everything will be fine as long as they just show a little restraint."
technology  addiction  stevenpinker  davepell  ideasandinnovations 
august 2010 by warnick
In a Shallow Grave
Scott McLemee, in Inside Higher Ed, mixes a review of Nicholas Carr's The Shallows with a confessional essay: "Over the past year or so, my own frustration with the psychic effects of being online too much finally reached a point where something had to give. This change of perspective came in part from recalling (with even more frustration, actually) what William James said more than a century ago: that it makes less sense to speak of having habits than of being habits. We are what we do repeatedly."
technology  addiction  science  bookreview  nicholascarr  ideasandinnovations 
august 2010 by warnick
New York Times: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price
"While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress. And scientists are discovering that even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist."
nytimes  technology  addiction  gadgets  ideasandinnovations 
august 2010 by warnick
The Acceleration of Addictiveness
Paul Graham on technology addiction: "The world is more addictive than it was 40 years ago. And unless the forms of technological progress that produced these things are subject to different laws than technological progress in general, the world will get more addictive in the next 40 years than it did in the last 40."
technology  addiction  internet 
july 2010 by warnick
Tweetage Wasteland: I’m Swimming with Information Sharks
Dave Pell describes my life perfectly: "On the day of the Steve Jobs Antennagate press conference, my mom called and asked: 'Did you hear that Apple said something about their phone antenna earlier today?' Did I hear anything about it? Mom, do you have any idea who I am?"
davepell  information  sharks  technology  addiction 
july 2010 by warnick
Tweetage Wasteland : Say Hello to My Little Friend
"When is the last time you stood in line at a bank without checking your iPhone? What about waiting for a long stoplight or sitting at a restaurant counter? Those moments, now dominated by the internet reflex must have been used for something else before all this technology climbed into our pockets. What were we thinking about when we had all that extra time?"
internet  addiction  web2.0  essays 
june 2010 by warnick

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