Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

Posted: August 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Yet another reason why I stick with dumb phones rather than smart ones.

The Conversation Room

An alarming new report from The Economist exposes the extent to which tech companies are exploiting our psychological impulses to keep us hooked to our smartphones.

It often goes over our head the influence that tech products exert over our behaviour. Former google employee and leader in promoting design ethics in tech Tristan Harris explains:

 “Companies say, we’re just getting better at giving people what they want. But the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. Is each one a conscious choice? No. Companies are getting better at getting people to make the choices they want them to make.”

Behaviour Design 

How have companies mastered this? It all stems from the expert study of “Pursuasive Technology Design” an illustrious programme spearheaded by Professor BJ Fogg of Stanford University which has produced everyone from the creators of Instagram to the people at the top of tech in Apple and…

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Comments
  1. simonjkyte says:

    I think I must be immune or something

  2. simonjkyte says:

    SMART
    = causing pain
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=smart
    Therefore ‘smartphone’ – a painful communications device

  3. Alan Scott says:

    Not me – I’m hanging on to my non-smart Nokia 🙂

  4. Cool. Finland needs your support, Alan. They’re not doing so good right now.

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