In this episode we discuss the danger of getting addicted to your screens. We look at how technology is designed to be as addictive as possible, and how those addictions specifically make you spend more time on things like social media and news that make you less happy. We discuss how screens rob us of time and attention and why it’s so hard to break away from them. We also look at how-how you can structure your environment to spend more time away from your phone and create ways to get out of these addictive behavior loops with our guest Dr. Adam Alter.
Dr. Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. His research focuses on judgment, decision making, and social psychology. He is the bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink, and Irresistible, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, and much more!
Technology programs like Facebook are not designed to make you happy - they're designed to be as addictive as possible and consume you
Steve Jobs didn't let his children use iPads
Why technology giants in Silicon Valley often don’t let their children use technology (and why that’s important for you)
The four negative affects of being addicted to your screens
Your psychological wellbeing
Your threshold for boredom declines dramatically
Bordem is good, it creates creative and divergent thinking
Negatively impacts your social wellbeing
Lowers your emotional intelligence and your ability to read the emotions of others