Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong
Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong
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Why do you use your phone so much? How social media and games are like drug addiction and gambling, with companies having little incentive to change

  • Modern tech companies are preying on our capacity for ‘behavioural addiction’, marketing professor Adam Alter says
  • The long-term consequences of technology addiction can be social, financial and even physical, he says, suggesting people schedule screen-free time

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Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong
Tech companies can mine big data to determine exactly what keeps us glued to our phones, making social media, games and other apps ever more addictive. Photo: Winson Wong
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