How many times will you stop reading this blog post to check e-mail, text messages or social media?
The heaviest smartphone users click, tap or swipe on their phone 5,427 times a day, according to the research platform dscout. The rest of us still touch the addictive things 2,617 times a day on average. That level of connection is wreaking havoc on our ability to focus on tasks that require more concentration than it takes to post a status update.
Adam Alter, author of “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted.
In a New York Times interview, he explains:
In the past, we thought of addiction as mostly related to chemical substances: heroin, cocaine, nicotine. Today, we have
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