Summary of The Binge Breaker
Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He's determined to make it stop.
The Atlantic, 2016
Are you hooked on your smartphone? Design thinker Tristan Harris wants software designers to give you your life back.
Technology writer Bianca Bosker introduces Tristan Harris, the man who wants software companies to stop making addictive apps that sap users’ time and attention. He says it’s unethical; they say it’s good business and believe users are happy. Harris is so committed to being present and connected in the real world that it’s unclear whether he sees any value in the virtual escapism that many enjoy. Nevertheless, his call for tech companies to respect their users is admirable. getAbstract recommends Bosker’s article to anyone who suspects their apps may be controlling their lives.
In this summary, you will learn
- How software designers influence people’s behavior,
- Why users should be concerned about it and
- How software companies can improve.
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