Quotes

There are a thousand people on the other side of the screen whose job it is to break down the self regulation you have.

Tristan Harris

Former Google Design Ethicist

The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works.

Chamath Palihapitiya

Former Facebook Executive

The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter.

Cal Newport

Associate Professor at Georgetown University

The Net’s interactivity gives us powerful new tools for finding information, expressing ourselves, and conversing with others. It also turns us into lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.

Nicholas Carr

The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains

What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. Whether I’m online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.

Nicholas Carr

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain

Tech isn’t morally good or bad until it’s wielded by the corporations that fashion it for mass consumption. Apps and platforms can be designed to promote rich social connections; or, like cigarettes, they can be designed to addict. Today, unfortunately, many tech developments do promote addiction.

Adam Alter

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

It’s a social validation feedback loop. It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you’re exploiting vulnerability in human psychology.

Sean Parker

Founding President of Facebook


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