Gadget Lab Podcast: Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

From Wired - February 9, 2018

You may find it hard to close Facebook and get on with your day, and you may flick open Twitter as soon as you wake up, or browse your feeds for an hour every night before you fall asleep. But are you addicted to social media? Are your app usage habits detrimental to your greater sense of wellbeing? Are the technologies weve been praising for a decade really bad for you? The science of app addiction has so far been inconclusive, but that hasnt stopped a chorus of prominent voices in tech from urging Silicon Valley to reverse its trend of making extra-sticky apps that soak up our attention. We welcome WIREDs senior science writer Robbie Gonzalez to the show to discuss this call for reversal, where the science of technology addiction stands, and ways we can cope when were feeling overwhelmed by our feeds.

Some notes: Read Robbies story about the science of app addiction and his interview with Catherine Price. Read Simone Stolzhoffs piece reconnecting with the students in BJ Foggs Facebook Class of ten years ago. Foggs paper on captive technology from 1998. The Captology blog. Recommendations this week: Forest, Space, and Essentials Earphones HD USB-C headphones. Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, Robbie Gonzalez is @rtg0nzalez, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

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