It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 23, 2018
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    Today’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. But that’s kind of the point. When people talk about the “attention economy,” they’re referring to the fact that your time and attention are the currency on which today’s applications make money. Because apps profit off of the total time you spend on their platform, there’s a strong incentive to use psychological tricks to keep you endlessly hooked. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tristan Harris, who runs Time Well Spent, is working to create a world where platforms can more honestly respect their users’ time.

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  • bluegru
    bluegru  14 hours ago

    4:48 you have to be really desperate if you check the 10th page of google

  • Katya l
    Katya l  22 hours ago

    I feel weird now haha

  • Doberman 7
    Doberman 7  yesterday

    any ebooks about addictive design that worth to read?

  • Joshua Jeffrey
    Joshua Jeffrey  2 days ago

    Great job!

  • MatthewPlayz
    MatthewPlayz  3 days ago

    This post was made by parents gang

  • Yassir Rossel
    Yassir Rossel  3 days ago

    Nice content! Very objective and stuff.

  • Nithila Swamy
    Nithila Swamy  4 days ago

    me showing my mom this

  • Protein Pixar
    Protein Pixar  4 days ago

    It’s true. I really can’t sleep but stay up until 12-4am on my iPad.

  • Stuts
    Stuts  6 days ago

    Smart phones may be designed to be addicting, but it's up to us to stop being addicted

  • Bravest Ant
    Bravest Ant  6 days ago +1

    Jokes on you I have an iPad

  • ProBarokis
    ProBarokis  6 days ago

    yo bruh just turn on light theme on everything

  • genesssisss
    genesssisss  6 days ago

    Don’t forget to set your YouTube notifications

  • Ryan Nelson
    Ryan Nelson  7 days ago


  • Xandria Ravenheart

    Just turned off notifications, and grey scaled it. Hope it'll help me get some work done.

  • Tae’s Tea
    Tae’s Tea  7 days ago

    my father is always sending me these smh

  • TS Tech Talk
    TS Tech Talk  7 days ago

    also dark mode can do lot more too

  • TS Tech Talk
    TS Tech Talk  7 days ago

    i agree to many of your theory i will try turning off some apps notifications

  • kalebishere
    kalebishere  7 days ago

    No wonder YouTube's logo doesn't have a gradient anymore. It's pure, bright, eye catching red. It's likely so you look at it quicker and think, hmm maybe I should go on YouTube.

  • Yassir Aykhlf
    Yassir Aykhlf  14 days ago +1

    wow YouTube recommendation care about my health

  • Marc Dumont
    Marc Dumont  14 days ago

    I never thought I'd say this, but I miss Blackberries.