Rehman Ata | 7 Minute Read
Earlier this year, I started to become more conscious of how much time I was spending on my phone, and more importantly, what I was doing on my phone. I started reading more Cal Newport (link deep work here) and Tristan Harris (link article here). Constant distractions eroding our ability to focus? Social media is like slot machine gambling? Companies are optimizing for us to get addicted? These were heavy implications made by the both for sure, but I had always had a feeling we’re not entirely sure of what smartphones are doing to us (link some studies to our brain). Science is usually slow to catch up, especially with the rate that technology advances these days. It’s why cigarettes were so common in the 50s and 60s, before we learned what they were doing to us. The science was slow – it’s always been slow (and that’s okay).