The Secret That Silicon Valley Giants Don’t Want You To Know with Dr. Adam Alter

52:32 · 2018

In this episode we discuss the danger of getting addicted to your screens. We look at how technology is designed to be as addictive as possible, and how those addictions specifically make you spend more time on things like social media and news that make you less happy. We discuss how screens rob us of time and attention and why it’s so hard to break away from them. We also look at how-how you can structure your environment to spend more time away from your phone and create ways to get out of these addictive behavior loops with our guest Dr. Adam Alter. 
 Dr. Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. His research focuses on judgment, decision making, and social psychology. He is the bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink, and Irresistible, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, and much more!

• Technology programs like Facebook are not designed to make you happy - they're designed to be as addictive as possible and consume you

• Steve Jobs didn't let his children use iPads

• Why technology giants in Silicon Valley often don’t let their children use technology (and why that’s important for you)

• The four negative affects of being addicted to your screens

• Your psychological wellbeing

• Your threshold for boredom declines dramatically

• Boredem is good, it creates creative and divergent thinking

• Negatively impacts your social wellbeing

• Lowers your emotional intelligence and your ability to read the emotions of others

• Negatively impacts you financially

• In app purchases

• Negatively impacts you in a physical way

• Too much time in front of screens

• Screens rob you of time and attention

• Can’t get into Deep Work

• Get less sleep

• Not spending time being present, enjoying time with loved one and friends

• The Drug of Choice Today is the PHONE

• There’s a huge rise in behavioral addictions today

• Social media and news make you LESS HAPPY when you use them - leaving you hollow and unfulfilled

• AR and VR will make it even more difficult to break away from technology addiction

• Apps today are built like slot machines - they are intentionally designed to hook you and not let you go

• Humans don’t like open loops - goals help close them 

• “Email is a lot like zombies” - you can kill them all and they just keep coming

• The abscence of stopping queues makes technology keep you addicted

• How can we mindfully create stopping queues in our own lives?

• You must become the architect of your own environment to control your own stopping queues


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