Note — Oct 13, 2019

Addicted to Screens? That’s Really a You Problem

Seen in → No.98

Source → nytimes.com/2019/10/06/technology/phone-scr...

We can also connect the previous article with the ideas here of Nir Eyal and his “disciples” about how to hook people to apps and services. The first views advancements as inevitable and the others view their work as independent of the consequences, other than engagement and revenue. Now Eyal is flipping the table and placing the onus of “getting clean” on individuals, instead of addressing the behaviour of tech companies (and his own impact).

“If “Hooked” was a how-to, this is a how-to-undo.” […]

“Nir Eyal’s trying to flip,” said Richard Freed, a child psychologist who supports less screen time. “These people who’ve done this are all trying to come back selling the cure. But they’re the ones who’ve been selling the drugs in the first place.” […]

“Books advocating for better self-control distract the public from the truly alarming issues created by technology at a time when we need urgent change.”