How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds (2017)

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
By Nicholas Carr
Oct. 6, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-smartphones-hijack-our-minds-1507307811

“The mere presence of mobile phones,” the researchers reported in 2013 in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, “inhibited the development of interpersonal closeness and trust”

Scientists have long known that the brain is a monitoring system as well as a thinking system. Its attention is drawn toward any object that is new, intriguing or otherwise striking—that has, in the psychological jargon, “salience.” Media and communications devices, from telephones to TV sets, have always tapped into this instinct. … By design, they grab and hold our attention in ways natural objects never could.

Phone makers … and app writers like Facebook and Google design their products to consume as much of our attention as possible during every one of our waking hours

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