Great Reads: Our Minds Can Be Hijacked

Social media has made the race to of attention seekers vying for the consciousness and approval of followers an addiction similar to substance abuse. Many of the people that created this world now fear that they have made a dystopian monster that will render the world into a “smartphone dystopia.” if it hasn’t already done so. One of these creators, Justin Rosenstein, former Facebook engineer, creator of the “like” button is quoted as saying: “It is very for humans to develop things with the best of intentions and for them to have unintended, negative consequences.” speaking about the consequences now being realized in an age of an “attention economy: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.” Author Paul Lewis’ article “‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” explores the phenomenon of these developers that created the current internet social environment, that are now disconnecting themselves from the web by any means necessary.

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