Tristan Harris

Welp, this is sobering. "A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day," says design ethicist Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.


By now, you've probably heard about the film The Social Dilemma, in which Harris is featured. If you don't have time to watch that, listen to Harris' TED talk (it's only 17 minutes long) and then try to cut back on the amount of time you spend on social media. To be honest, if you take the time to watch The Social Dilemma, it'll probably put you off social media so much that you'll save oodles of time. It's a good trade off.

While Harris is not the only change-maker in this field, he is one of the leaders. As the president of the Center of Humane Technology, he is, as Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce) says, "... probably the strongest voice in technology pointing where the industry needs to go. This is a call to arms and everyone needs to hear him now."


I couldn't agree more.


Further reading:

Teens who refuse to use social media

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