I’m Not ‘Addicted’ To My Smartphone, I Need It To Survive



By Jameson Hill in The Los Angeles Times.


It has become commonplace to the point of cliché for pundits to explain in worried tones thatsmartphones can be addictive.

In a recent “60 Minutes” segment, Anderson Cooper interviewed Tristan Harris, a former product manager at Google, who compared smartphones to slot machines because both have a built-in reward system that we find hard to resist — the thrill of pulling a lever and making money versus pushing a button and getting a notification. Cooper suggested that tech companies, by getting us hooked on mobile apps, are “hijacking” our brains.


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