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People are increasingly giving screens the hours they previously devoted to conversing, playing with the dog or gazing at the stars. Yet being present in your life is sacred, explains Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and business at New York University. Sacrificing much of your personal time to screens damages your humanity, he warns. But Alter allows that some screen activities are enriching, and getAbstract believes this TED Talk is a worthy example.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How screen time can negatively affect people,
  • Why people are devoting increasing amounts of time to screens and
  • What strategies can help wean you from your devices.
 

About the Speaker

Psychologist Adam Alter is the author of Drunk Tank Pink.

 

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Rumor has it that “dogfooding,” a common business strategy, originated when the leader of a pet food company ate some of its dog food to demonstrate his belief in the product. Most executives show confidence in their products by using them personally. Yet, in 2010, when a New York Times reporter...

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