'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian


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“Drawing a straight line between addiction to social media and political earthquakes like Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, they contend that digital forces have completely upended the political system and, left unchecked, could even render democracy as we know it obsolete.”

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“It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned. They appear to be abiding by a Biggie Smalls lyric from their own youth about the perils of dealing crack cocaine: never get high on your own supply.”

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“It’s this that explains how the pull-to-refresh mechanism, whereby users swipe down, pause and wait to see what content appears, rapidly became one of the most addictive and ubiquitous design features in modern technology. “Each time you’re swiping down, it’s like a slot machine,” Harris says. “You don’t know what’s coming next. Sometimes it’s a beautiful photo. Sometimes it’s just an ad.””

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“All of which has left Brichter, who has put his design work on the backburner while he focuses on building a house in New Jersey, questioning his legacy. “I’ve spent many hours and weeks and months and years thinking about whether anything I’ve done has made a net positive impact on society or humanity at all,” he says. He has blocked certain websites, turned off push notifications, restricted his use of the Telegram app to message only with his wife and two close friends, and tried to wean himself off Twitter. “I still waste time on it,” he confesses, “just reading stupid news I already know about.” He charges his phone in the kitchen, plugging it in at 7pm and not touching it until the next morning.

“Smartphones are useful tools,” he says. “But they’re addictive. Pull-to-refresh is addictive. Twitter is addictive. These are not good things. When I was working on them, it was not something I was mature enough to think about. I’m not saying I’m mature now, but I’m a little bit more mature, and I regret the downsides.””
tech  how_we_work  politics  culture  how_we_live  democracy 
1 hour ago by alexpriest
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attentio
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11 hours ago by gmisra
'He sometimes finds himself clicking on the red icons beside his apps “to make them go away”, but is conflicted about the ethics of exploiting people’s psychological vulnerabilities. “It is not inherently evil to bring people back to your product,” he says. “It’s capitalism.”'

Good, good...keep going.
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17 hours ago by bokane
The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster
technology  smartphone  addiction  attention  psychology  stefanimhoff-de 
2 days ago by kogakure
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
design  technology 
2 days ago by apbitner
“One reason it is particularly important for us is that we may be the last generation that can remember life before”
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2 days ago by arainert
It all began in 2013, when he was working as a product manager at Google, and circulated a thought-provoking memo, A Call To Minimise Distraction & Respect Users’ Attention, to 10 close colleagues. It struck a chord, spreading to some 5,000 Google employees, including senior executives who rewarded Harris with an impressive-sounding new job: he was to be Google’s in-house design ethicist and product philosopher.

Looking back, Harris sees that he was promoted into a marginal role. “I didn’t have a social support structure at all,” he says. Still, he adds: “I got to sit in a corner and think and read and understand.”
design  technology  ethics 
3 days ago by crankyuser
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  addiction  attention  internet 
3 days ago by cristianconti
“One reason I think it is particularly important for us to talk about this now is that we may be the last generation that can remember life before,” Rosenstein says. It may or may not be relevant that Rosenstein, Pearlman and most of the tech insiders questioning today’s attention economy are in their 30s, members of the last generation that can remember a world in which telephones were plugged into walls.
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3 days ago by iagor
RT @JamesFallows: Pls take 30 mins non-distracted to read https://t.co/8EBWGe38aW and https://t.co/swoIqYrh8n on individual / cultural effe…
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4 days ago by mshook
“It is not inherently evil to bring people back to your product,” he says. “It’s capitalism.”
technology  guardian  badge  notification  drug  addition 
4 days ago by hashier
Pls take 30 mins non-distracted to read and on individual / cultural effects of social media
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4 days ago by wlanderson
Pls take 30 mins non-distracted to read and on individual / cultural effects of social media
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4 days ago by ThomNagy
A graduate of Stanford University, Harris studied under BJ Fogg, a behavioural psychologist revered in tech circles for mastering the ways technological design can be used to persuade people. Many of his students, including Eyal, have gone on to prosperous careers in Silicon Valley.
technology  ethics  cognition  design 
4 days ago by craniac
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
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4 days ago by scottmoff
RT : "Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves"
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6 days ago by antoniodini
RT : "Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves"
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6 days ago by jfuentejr
RT : attention is the currency of the dystopia we’re living in.
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7 days ago by adrianh
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
technology 
7 days ago by dangeranger
Actually pretty legit, though it elides the role of surveillance / analytics / metrics.
design  facebook  ethics  software  addiction  networks  politics  apocalypse 
8 days ago by brennen
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. via Pocket
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8 days ago by sarahchin
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
design  ethics  facebook  technology  addiction  attention 
8 days ago by soobrosa
"'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia"
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8 days ago by peterjblack
"the largest, most standardised and most centralised form of attentional control in human history."
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8 days ago by grantpotter
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8 days ago by seandanaher
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Design  App  psychology  ethics  digital-ethics 
9 days ago by PieroRivizzigno
The most seductive design, Harris explains, exploits the same psychological susceptibility that makes gambling so compulsive: variable rewards. When we tap those apps with red icons, we don’t know whether we’ll discover an interesting email, an avalanche of “likes”, or nothing at all. It is the possibility of disappointment that makes it so compulsive.
design  socialmedia  article 
9 days ago by siggiarni
The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster
9 days ago by johnny_n
Ironic to tweet that but worth ur time 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
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9 days ago by harcesz
המפתחים והמעצבים שעזרו לענקיות הטכנולוגיה לכבוש את תשומת הלב שלנו ולגרום לנו להתמכר, מנסים להבין איך לחמוק מהמלכודות שהם יצרו
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9 days ago by alexpo
Addiction to social media and technology
9 days ago by jpburt
Drawing a straight line between addiction to social media and political earthquakes, ... they contend that digital forces have completely upended the political system ... we may be the last generation that can remember life before ... He explains the subtle psychological tricks that can be used to make people develop habits, such as varying the rewards people receive to create “a craving”, or exploiting negative emotions that can act as “triggers” ... Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist who benefited from hugely profitable investments in Google and Facebook, has grown disenchanted with both companies, arguing that their early missions have been distorted by the fortunes they have been able to earn through advertising. He identifies the advent of the smartphone as a turning point, raising the stakes in an arms race for people’s attention ... may be changing the way we think, making us less rational and more impulsive
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9 days ago by zephyr777
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. via Pocket
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9 days ago by schmitz
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
10 days ago by domingogallardo
“I’ve spent many…years thinking about whether anything I’ve done has made a net positive impact on…humanity at all"
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10 days ago by joecritchley
'Our minds can be hijacked' / Smartphone Dystopya

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10 days ago by AlexJubien
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
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10 days ago by jamescampbell
Addiction is by design online, and it’s what keeps these platforms profiting. We need a new model...
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10 days ago by silbatron
Terrifying thoughts, a long read (thanks in part to numerous distractions) but a good one to get your head into
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10 days ago by Lulu
antra that their companies are making the world a better place. Instead, they tend to have worked a rung or two down the corporate ladder: designers, engineers and product managers who, like Rosenstein, several years ago put in place the building blocks of a digital world from which they are now tryin
design  ethics  technology  people  argument 
10 days ago by kmt
He has (..) a timer to cut internet access every day. “The idea is to remember that we are not powerless.”
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10 days ago by mvtango
He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive. And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place.

A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.
facebook  design  technology  society  ethics  advertising  psychology 
10 days ago by bwiese
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention.
netcritique  mobile  psychology  design  articles 
10 days ago by mikael
RT : This is why I've been so adamant at quitting email, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram etc. They're frying our brain.
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10 days ago by LinuxFan2718
Phenomenal article on this current era of distraction. (The irony of posting this on Twitter is not lost on me.)
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10 days ago by jesseatkinson
The most seductive design, Harris explains, exploits the same psychological susceptibility that makes gambling so compulsive: variable rewards. When we tap those apps with red icons, we don’t know whether we’ll discover an interesting email, an avalanche of “likes”, or nothing at all. It is the possibility of disappointment that makes it so compulsive.
design  technology  shared 
10 days ago by n8kowald
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
facebook  privacy  attention  resnetsem 
10 days ago by cogdog

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