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On the Rise of Digital Addiction Activism - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
“At the core of almost everything negative about the smartphone era is the attention economy business model, which depends on getting a massive number of people to use free products for as many minutes as possible. This model, of course, dates back to the beginning of mass media, but the combination of big data and machine learning techniques, along with careful attention engineering, has made many modern apps too good at their objective of hijacking your mind — leaving users feeling exhausted and unnerved at their perceived loss of autonomy.”
advertising  thekids  attention  addiction  facebook 
yesterday by cote
Tolerating distraction
“The modern anxiety about distraction betrays a good deal about us. Insofar as we associate attention with power and control, it reflects our fears of losing both in an increasingly unpredictable cultural and natural climate. We also find ourselves living in an economy where we pay for cultural goods with our attention, so it makes sense that we worry about running out of a precious currency.”
attention  christianity  mobile  religion 
4 days ago by cote
‘Time well spent’ is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate • The Verge
Casey Newton:
<p>Today, one of [ex-Googler Tristan] Harris’ collaborators returned the volley. In a pair of closely argued essays on Medium, Joe Edelman — who says he coined the term “time well spent” with Harris five years ago — lays out a suggested path forward for Facebook.

”It’s possible (but very tricky) to design software so as to address the users’ sense of meaning,” Edelman <a href="">wrote in the first essay</a>. “But it requires profound changes to how software gets made! These changes make others your company has gone through (such as the adoption of machine learning, the transition from web to mobile) look easy.”

Less than a month into the new year, “time well spent” promises to become the “fake news” of 2018: a term overused into oblivion by partisans of every stripe. To Zuckerberg, “time well spent” means independent research showing that people value the time they spend on Facebook, and feel better about themselves afterward. To Harris, it represents a shift away from measuring comments and shares to emphasizing companies’ positive contributions to users’ lives. There’s overlap, but there are also some fundamental differences. In 2018, the battle will play out.</p>
facebook  time  attention 
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