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We Need Software to Help Us Slow Down, Not Speed Up

Online commerce has made it easier than ever to shop, right? Maybe too easy. A recent study by comparison-shopping site Finder revealed that more …

War

Why Google’s plan for limiting screen time on Android phones could be the best approach yet:

Every tech company suddenly says it cares about your digital well-being.

Facebook and Instagram are making it easier to spend less time on Facebook and Instagram. But why?

It’s part of the “time well spent” movement.<p>Add Facebook and Instagram to the growing list of tech giants rolling out features to cut back on your screen time.<p>The two apps — Instagram with a billion-plus users and Facebook with twice that many — are rolling out new “time well spent” features meant …

Meditation app Calm hits a $250M valuation amid an explosion of interest in mindfulness apps

Just a few years ago, it might have been a bit of a challenge to convince investors that a mindfulness app would end up being a big business — but thanks to an increasing focus on mental health from both startups and larger companies, companies like Calm are now capturing the excitement of …

Startups

Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction — with an app

By William Wan<p>William Wan<p>National correspondent covering science and news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>To understand why it’s so hard to pry yourself free from your phone, Facebook account and Twitter, you need to know about B.F. Skinner’s pigeons.<p>In the 1950s, Skinner began putting the birds in a box and …

Apps

How do Apple’s Screen Time and Google Digital Wellbeing stack up?

Two similar but subtly different perspectives on managing our time on our phones<p>Developer conference season is coming to an end with Apple’s WWDC this week, and the main takeaway is that between Google’s “Digital Wellbeing” and Apple’s “Screen Time,” the two biggest smartphone developers are taking …

Google’s new focus on well-being started five years ago with this presentation

From Google Slides to Android P<p>In the keynote talk at this week’s Google I/O developer conference, executives announced new system-level features in Android to help people understand and manage their smartphone usage. “Great technology should improve life, not distract from it,” declared a banner …

Do the mobile apps we use the most make us unhappy?

The apps on our smartphones can produce a range of emotions, and they’re not always positive. The time we spend tapping our screens can leave us …

'Father of the iPod' Tony Fadell suggests 3 features Apple could add to the iPhone to fight device addiction

The former Nest CEO Tony Fadell was crucial in the development of the iPod and the iPhone at Apple over 10 years ago. So in many ways he's directly responsible for the skyrocketing amount of time we're spending on our devices, a trend some believe is causing device addiction.<p>In recent months, …

Apple

Are iPhones and Children a Toxic Combination? Readers Weigh In

The smartphone has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, and much of the credit goes to Apple’s iPhone, which has made the company and its investors hundreds of billions of dollars in the process. Now, a leading activist investor and a pension fund—Jana Partners LLC and the California State …

Public Health

U.S. iPhone users spent 23% more in apps in 2017 than the year before

Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year, according to new data from app store intelligence firm, Sensor Tower. The firm found that U.S. iPhone users spent 23 percent more on in-app purchases in 2017 than they did the year prior – …

You Know Who's Really Addicted to Their Phones? The Olds.

Millennials, we’re assured by endless headlines, are the people most addicted to their devices. Addled by social networking, obsessed with taking …

Instagram is building a team to stop people from feeling bad on Instagram

Last year, a widely-publicized survey by Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), a health education charity, ranked Instagram as the #1 worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing.<p>While the photo-sharing platform got some points for self-expression and self-identity, they …

Social Media

Phone addiction: we are more connected than ever, but at what cost?

I have an old black-and-white photograph saved on my phone (where else would it be?), of a train carriage full of morning commuters. The shot was …

How To Break Your Phone Addiction

I got my first smartphone in the summer of 2012, and ever since, I’ve found myself wishing I had stuck with my flip phone. It’s not that I hate my …

The Mobile Apps That People Regret Using

People use Grindr, Two Dots, and Reddit of their own free will. But they don’t really feel good about it, according to a joint survey by the mobile …

‘Time well spent’ is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate

A war of words<p>In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it calls “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliant minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, …

Mark Zuckerberg

One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.<p>We built Facebook to help people stay …

The growing war on tech addiction

The addictive power of the technology that dominates every aspect of daily life is getting more and more attention from people who may have enough …

Apple promises to introduce new features after 2 major shareholders raised concerns about child phone addiction

Apple has promised to introduce new features and tools after two of its biggest investors said they wanted the company to address the issue of child phone addiction.<p>An Apple representative told Business Insider on Tuesday: "Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful …

San Diego

Even One Of The iPhone’s Co-Creators Thinks Apple Should Own Up To Teen Cell Phone Addiction

Fadell responded on Twitter to news that two large institutional investors believe kids are being harmed by too much time on their phones.<p>The co-creator of the iPhone is speaking out about the need to limit the use of the iconic device by kids.<p>On Sunday, Tony Fadell unloaded in a tweet storm …

Investing

The promise of persuasive apps

Post 3 of 3: Sustainable techniques to influence user behavior for the better<p><i>“[Smartphones]</i> have vast potential to influence consumer welfare — both …

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Is the economy suffering from the crisis of attention?

<i>Dan Nixon</i>Smartphone apps and newsfeeds are designed to constantly grab our attention. And research suggests we’re distracted nearly 50% of the time. …

If the internet is addictive, why don’t we regulate it? – Michael Schulson

When I go online, I feel like one of B F Skinner’s white Carneaux pigeons. Those pigeons spent the pivotal hours of their lives in boxes, obsessively …

How I Stopped Checking My Phone And Started Using It With Intention

10 simple things I did to break bad habits and take back control.<p>I knew I was doing it too much.<p>It was easy to justify checking my phone …

Apple Needs to Fix ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode—Here’s How

‘Do Not Disturb’ could help us cure our phone addiction, but it’s up to Apple (and Google)<p>When smartphones came to steal our attention, we never had a chance. Even in the rare moments we manage to put them down, they buzz incessantly, begging us to come back.<p>It’s fine for phones to be engrossing …

How to fix push notifications

Nothing epitomizes our love-hate relationship with today's tech more than the push notification.<p>Our hatred of those badges, banners, and little red …

Tech Industry

AI can make your smartphone notifications less annoying

Apps could show you fewer, better alerts by using a new deep-learning trick.<p><b>The problem:</b> If an app sends too many push notifications, users may well …

There’s an implosion of early-stage VC funding, and no one’s talking about it

Victor Basta Contributor<p>Victor Basta is the founder of the boutique investment firm Magister Advisors.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Venture investing in the US and Europe are totally different industries<p>Amid record amounts of capital raised by VCs worldwide, and a sharp rise in the number of …

Stock Markets