Summary of How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds – from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
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Smartphone apps are addictive because they are designed that way. Former Google product ethicist Tristan Harris believes it is time for people to take back control over how they spend their lives. In his widely read essay, Harris reveals 10 different ways in which tech companies command people’s attention. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking list to both users and creators of mobile apps and websites.
In this summary, you will learn
- How tech companies exploit people’s psychological vulnerabilities to keep users engaged with their digital devices and
- What some apps have in common with slot machines.
About the Author
Tristan Harris is a former design ethicist at Google. He now heads the nonprofit movement Time Well Spent.