The Reclaim Movement

By Amie Green | Today, dopamine-driven feedback loops keep us glued to our phones as media and tech companies battle for mindshare, but a revolution to reclaim our time and attention has begun. Follow along.

Are digital distractions harming labour productivity?

FOR many it is a reflex as unconscious as breathing. Hit a stumbling-block during an important task (like, say, writing a column)? The hand reaches …

At Hearts & Science, Scott Hagedorn Plans For The Attention Economy | AdExchanger

The only common currency for advertising is attention. And that’s where Hearts & Science CEO Scott Hagedorn is betting the farm. “The common currency …

Advertising Industry

Don’t Quit Social Media: It’s Time To Take The Power Back

The Algorithms vs. You<p>I’ve just about finished reading “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by Jaron Larnier. It’s good. …

Social Media

Why Sunday Is the Most Important Day of the Week for Your Wellbeing

Your business will benefit when you prioritize time for yourself and the important people in your life.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Hustle. Grind. Long hours. Go big or go home. Fake it ’til you make it.<p>Entrepreneurs hear these statements daily, often from …

Time Management

These simple steps will help you stop checking your phone so much

I spend way too much time on my phone, and you probably do too.<p>"Most people check their phone every 15 minutes or less, even if they have no alerts …

Social Media

It’s OK to leave Facebook

The slow-motion privacy train wreck that is Facebook has many users, perhaps you, thinking about leaving or at least changing the way you use the social network. Fortunately for everyone but Mark Zuckerberg, it’s not nearly has hard to leave as it once was. The main thing to remember is that social …

Social Media

Op-Ed | The Dark Side of Social Media

For highly strung, hyper-connected millennials scrolling anxiously through the sea of illusions we’ve worked so hard to create, Instagram is becoming …

Social Media

Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons

SAN FRANCISCO — It took me a few months to accept that I had given myself tendinosis in my phone thumb.<p>It is a depressingly modern condition in which the tendons around the thumb inflame as a result of repetitive strain — in my case because I had, for hours a day over years of a life, tapped that …

Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite: The distractions are endless. Here’s how to help kids cope.

Over the past year, there has been a deafening debate over the importance of creating tools to promote responsible technology use. In January, two of Apple’s shareholder groups asked the company to look at the addictive effects of iPhones on children. Google’s recent developer conference …

Social Media

Google responds to tech backlash with smartphone addiction tool

Google is seeking to reposition itself as a force of 'digital wellness' by unveiling a raft of artificial intelligence powered tools. The launch …

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.<p>“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote.<p><i>To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone</i> …

Social Media

LinkedIn CEO: There's no easy fix for fake news

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells Axios that "arguably the most important" way LinkedIn stays ahead of fake news and platform abuse is "manual curation …

Wellness apps, but for news: Can Neva Labs build a news reading experience that feels healthy?

How do you feel when you read — try to catch up on — the news? Overwhelmed, guilty, uninformed, anesthetized, driven to avoid it all?<p>Áine Kerr and Mark Little, Storyful alums and the cofounders of Neva Labs, are testing ways to make algorithms and personalization work <i>for</i> readers, so they don’t …

Should you design for addiction or for loyalty?

The word <i>addictive</i> gets tossed around a great deal these days. From dubious pseudo-science to casual conversation, the word has almost lost its bite. Almost. When coupled with words like “cocaine,” “opioid,” or “tobacco,” the word bears its full weight, and rightly so. The effects of these and other …

You're Addicted to Your Smartphone. This Company Thinks It Can Change That

The headquarters of Boundless Mind looks as if it were created by a set designer to satisfy a cultural cliché. The tech startup is run out of a …

We’ve Become Digital Addicts: It’s Time to Take Control of Technology and Not Let Tech Control Us

“Breaking Digital Facades: It’s Time to Take Tech Back,” that was the title of my presentation at SXSW. Instead of using the stage as a promotional …

Social Media

Generation Z Is Already Bored by the Internet

Today’s teens are still bored, often incredibly so. They’re just more likely to experience a new type of boredom: phone bored.<p>Teenagers today have …

Pinterest's New Feature Takes the Algorithm Out of Your Feed

The beauty of a site like Pinterest lies in how little you have to do to use it. Choose a few things you're interested in—vegan food, knitting, …

Social Media

Op-ed: What's next for Facebook, and its advertisers

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is apparently heading to Congress. But to understand where his creation is going, and whether advertisers …

Advertising

Tim Cook says Facebook should have regulated itself, but it’s too late for that now

“I think we’re beyond that here.”<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his call for regulation that would limit Facebook and others companies’ ability to use customer data.<p>Speaking to <b>Recode’s</b> Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Cook said he’d prefer that Facebook and others would have curbed …

Tim Cook

Can Social Media Be Saved?

I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong with social media.<p>You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s …

What smartphone photography is doing to our memories - Vox

Sharing photos may subtly change what — and how — we remember.<p>Though they may appear crystal clear in our minds, our memories are not a carbon copy of the events we witnessed.<p>Every time we recall a memory, we may accidentally alter it or diminish its accuracy. Even trivial memories are easily …

Psychology

Facebook and Google Face Emboldened Antagonists: Big Advertisers

Latest uproar over voter profiling data follows company demands for more control, more transparency from tech giants<p>Add to the list of people frustrated with Facebook Inc. and Google a quiet but hugely influential group—the people who pay the bills.<p>In the past year and a half, the two firms have …

Procter & Gamble

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Should you delete Facebook?

Following the certifiable shitshow at Facebook around revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested and exploited users’ data without their permission, many users declared they were through with the platform. The hashtag #deletefacebook spread rapidly on Twitter (another social network …

Social Media

Even the founder of WhatsApp thinks you should delete Facebook

It turns out even $19 billion isn't enough to convince people of the merits of Facebook.<p>In what will surely be another blow to Facebook, WhatsApp …

Social Media

It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this …

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch. Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through.<p>But for much of the next 24 hours after that alert, I heard almost nothing about the …

Journalism

To phone or not to phone?

<b>How much is too much smartphone use — that is the question</b><p>It’s now been seven days since I broke up with my phone.<p>OK, maybe it’s not a complete break …