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.

In the UK first child to be diagnosed with Internet Gaming Addiction

The NHS (National Health Service UK) has diagnosed for the first time a 15-year-old boy with Internet Gaming Addiction. The teenager from North London has been off school for a year after becoming addicted to gaming.

His mother, Miss Kendal Parmar, has battled for three years to have her son condition recognized and treated by the NHS. It comes only months after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Internet Gaming as an official mental health disorder.

“I call it a silent addiction,” Kendal told The Telegraph. “If you were shooting up in a park, everyone would care a lot more because it disrupts society. If he was drunk and driving a motorbike, everyone would care. But no-one cares if he is sitting in his bedroom.”

Apple introducing new tool to help you monitor your time online

Tim Cook, Appls’s top executive, during a developer conference on Monday , unveiled new tools to monitor smartphone usage and  will start offering new software for hardcore users of iPhones and tablets who want to limit their hours online.The initiative, called “Digital Health,’’ is designed to wean heavy users away from their devices.Cook said earlier this year he did not want his young nephew to be on a social network.He also suggested people should limit their time on mobile phones.“I don’t believe in overuse,” he said. “I’m not a person that says we’ve achieved success if you’re using it all the time. I don’t subscribe to that at all.”

Apple users can set limits on the phone in general, or choose to set limits for certain apps, such as social media. When the limit is reached, the device will shut down. Those who choose to use this new feature can also sync the monitor limits among devices, so you can’t switch over and keep surfing on your iPad or Macbook.