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.

Our book of the month: How to break up with your phone by Catherine Price

“Two years ago, science journalist Catherine Price decided to try. In the course of her research for her new book How to Break Up With Your Phone (out February 13) she uncovered an abundance of strategies and resources for reclaiming time and focus. You don’t have to throw your phone in the trash, but you do have to learn to use it with intention—and that can be surprisingly difficult”

The full article on Wired