The tech industry has been under increased scrutiny lately over the potential negative effects of its products.
Many critics are charging that smartphones, social networks, and other tech products and services are encouraging “addiction” — but that’s likely overstating the case. Few people’s interactions with their devices or services actually meet the definition of addiction.
The real problem with tech products is not that they encourage addiction, but that they’re annoying and disruptive — and that’s something tech companies need to fix.
The tech industry is experiencing a whole new wave of backlash and scrutiny.
This time, it’s not about fake news or Nazis spreading venom on Twitter. Instead, the focus is on the harmful effects tech products have on users — and the charge that use of the gadgets and services is leading to addiction, perhaps intentionally.
Earlier this month, for example, a group of Apple shareholders expressed concern that kids were become addicted to their iPhones and urged the company to do something about it. Last fall, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya charged that social networks were “destroying how society works.” Meanwhile, Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, has been repeatedly beating the drum about tech addiction, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology