Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back

For all its significant benefits, experts explain that technology has been instrumental in eroding security, privacy, and community. Researchers Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever argue that the truth is even more dangerous: technology is actively robbing us of our happiness by making us addicted to it. Tech companies use all the weapons: tracking bots, GPS coordinates and algorithms that determine the optimal ways to distract us and even secret coding that defeats government monitoring and supervision. Vivek and Salkever also provide us with insights and techniques to fight back. They focus on four key areas: Love, Work, Self and Society. In each case they show how the promise of technology has mutated into addiction and despair and they present strategies to take back control by understanding the addictive mechanisms behind it.

Le behavior design en Francais

Le Figaro a posté un article en Francais sur le behaviour design, que le journal appelle “dark pattern”.

“Le néologisme, que l’on pourrait traduire par «design douteux», a été inventé en 2010 par un spécialiste du design d’interfaces numériques, Harry Brignull. Avec ses sonorités inquiétantes, l’expression veut dire quelque chose des sombres desseins qui animeraient les concepteurs de chaque service numérique.”

Social media and gaming firms face a lawsuit for designing addictive digital products

Social media and gaming firms face a lawsuit in the UK for breaching children’s human rights. According to the lawyer who is in charge of the case, the damage caused by addictive devices to family life, from denying children sleep and a less active outdoor life to disrupting their schoolwork and mental well-being, amounts to a breach of article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The article states that ” Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence,”

The argument is that app developers design tricks are keeping children captive, rather than active, online. As a result, their autonomy and free will is being eroded, with huge consequences for their physical and mental development. Snapchat and Facebook denied they designed their products to be addictive and encourage people to develop positive and meaningful relationships off as well as online.