People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
Robert Badal
Opinion

Opinion

Robert Badal

Our smartphones aren’t sparking joy, and we need to rethink our addiction to them

  • Robert Badal says the current belief in technology for its own sake is misguided. Smartphones and computers have not improved education or brought happiness. Most of our digital pastimes are addictive and create empty cravings, not joy

People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
People use their smartphones on a street in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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Robert Badal

Robert Badal

Los Angeles native Robert Badal is an author and teacher and former corporate consultant and CEO speechwriter. He has taught in the US, Japan, Korea, and China, published research, and consulted for Hong Kong Baptist University. His company is Ba Lao Shi Perfect English.