“When I created the Web 29 years ago, I imagined it as an open platform that would allow everyone to share information anywhere and collaborate. But now even when they are connected together, they don’t end up collaborating positively, but rather the result comes negative in many instances.” March 2018
I find it tragic that they’re publishing pictures of cut marks up their arms in some desperate cry for help that an algorithm isn’t going to give a damn about. Article by Liz Smith
Have you found yourself marveling at how teens can produce videos and images with filters and effects at hyper-speed just with their smartphones? Tech has given this generation of teens an incredible suite of creative tools at their fingertips and they appear to have a genetic ability to learn how to use them with impressive ease. They’re leading the way when it comes to visual communication and creating a whole new aesthetic. But what is tech doing to their creative writing and thinking skills? Article by Liz Smith
"Technology is capable of doing great things. But it doesn’t want to do great things. It doesn’t want anything. That part takes all of us. We are optimistic about technology’s awesome potential for good — but we know that it won’t happen on its own." Posted by @tim_cook on Twitter 24 Oct 2018
Stepping away from our tech requires conscious effort and is an ongoing battle for most of us. It's already hard enough to do today, so what is it going to be like in 10 or 20 years time when our tech is even more sophisticated, when smart machines are embedded into every aspect of our lives? Article by Liz Smith
The question currently is whether the social media companies have sufficient motivation to go down this path or whether they are so locked into their current ‘attention economy’ business models that they, like a moving iceberg, cannot change direction. By Marc Atherton
"An internet economy run on the ad-based model is turning us into data points, and this has to stop. But it only works because of our complicity" From "The People vs Tech" published 2018.
You may have noticed that dopamine has become the celebrity of brain chemicals in the media in recent years, being accused of causing a nation's addiction to cupcakes or flaunted as a way to supercharge your sex drive (with the help of a watermelon), but what is dopamine really and why are dopamine loops triggered when we use our smartphones and connected devices? Article by Liz Smith
"God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains. The thought process that went into building these applications - Facebook being the first of them - was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’ And that means that we need to sort of give you... Continue Reading →
Decide who you are and who you want to be and create that reality for yourself in the Digital Ocean. Use Google to learn, not just watch cat videos. Use FaceBook to connect and discuss, not just collect likes. Use social media to create your own reality, not just go with the herd default assumptions. Article by Marc Atherton
"The short-term dopamine driven feedback loops we've created are destroying how society works." December 2017
"I’m wondering what today’s 14 year old will be like when she is 34? Will she be living her life in a Ready Player One virtual world and will the concept of having a BBQ with friends or going for a drink at her local be a thing of the past? Or will there be a backlash and the sports fields and hiking trails will be full of fit and healthy, friend-hugging hipsters who’ve left their smartphones at home?" Article by Liz Smith
"Digital cognitive technology has the potential to change the world profoundly. What should concern us all is that, like the proverbial frog in slowly boiling water, we are all subjects in a huge and partially uncontrolled experiment in individual and social change and we don’t realise it clearly". Article by Marc Atherton.
Learn about your own behaviour by downloading a tracking app that records how you use your mobile device. I'm using Moment and I continue to be astonished by the number of times I pick up my phone each day. You can see what percentage of your day has been spent looking at your screen and which apps... Continue Reading →
Adam Alter takes us on a deep dive into behavioural addiction and why so many of us are addicted to the internet. It's a compelling read, ironically hard to put down.
"I have two kids now and I regret every minute that I am not paying attention to them because my smartphone has sucked me in." October 2017
When you sit down at your desk to focus on a specific piece of work put your phone into Airplane Mode so you don't get distracted by those pesky notifications. How often is a notification that important it can't wait? Stand up to your FOMO urge!
This review by Common Sense Media aims to give a balanced view of the current situation and covers questions around concentration levels and productivity, empathy and relationships, and problematic media use.
It's so convenient having a phone that can do everything, right? Problem is if you use it as your alarm clock it means you have to take your phone to bed with you. Plus, when the alarm goes off what is the first thing you end up doing when you wake up? Yep, you look... Continue Reading →
Jean Twenge's book, iGen, is for those of you who like your facts to be thoroughly backed up with stats. It will be of particular interest to those of you with children born after 1995, and perhaps help you understand a bit more about their world view. It reveals how iGen are actually quite different... Continue Reading →