The Center for Humane Technology is a "team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs who intimately understand the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds." The effort is fiscally sponsored by Reboot, host of the National Day of Unplugging. They use the tag #TruthAboutTech.
From the web site:
Our society is being hijacked by technology. What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships, and our children.
There's an invisible problem that's affecting all of society.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google have produced amazing products that have benefited the world enormously. But these companies are also caught in a zero-sum race for our finite attention, which they need to make money. Constantly forced to outperform their competitors, they must use increasingly persuasive techniques to keep us glued. They point AI-driven news feeds, content, and notifications at our minds, continually learning how to hook us more deeply—from our own behavior.
Unfortunately, what's best for capturing our attention isn't best for our well-being:
These are not neutral products.They are part of a system designed to addict us.
Calling All Technology Makers.
With a clear-eyed understanding of being human, and compassion for our vulnerabilities and needs.
With every design choice, our products should be about what's best for people, not what's best for grabbing eyeballs.
Home Screens & Browsers
Are you building an app? Run your product through this design checklist:
1. Does your product honor both on and off-screen possibilities?
2. Does your product make it easy to disconnect?
3. Does your product enhance relationships, or keep people isolated?
4. Does your product respect people's schedules and boundaries?
5. Does your product help people "get life well lived" (GLL)?
6. Does your product land specific, "net positive" benefits in people's lives?
7. Does your product minimize misinterpretations and empower truth-seeking?
8. Does your product eliminate detours and distractions?
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
It totally depends on the use of social platforms. If you're using them for fun and personal entertainment then yes it can very well become an addiction.
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