Captology or Computers as Persuasive Technology- Part 3

Special thanks to Prof. Debbie Haski-Leventhal and Cameron Bogatez for sharing their experience with addictive technology for this episode.

In the third and final installment of the Captology mini-series, Manal and Reinhardt examine the profound and terrifying impacts that have come from Big Tech using Capatology tactics on children, parents and the average person.

In part three of our Captology series, we look at the phenomena of online social contagion and mental disorders among adolescent girls being traced back to social media. We also hear directly from a parent trying desperately to help their child through technology addiction and a young entrepreneur who may have the answer.

The rising attention economy created by Big Tech is robbing us of our ability to focus preventing us from connecting deeply with people around us and is polarising our society. The crazy thing is that the people who are behind it are aware of what they have done and some have turned their backs on their creations and are speaking out. 

If you’d like to know what the signs of social media addiction are in yourself and your children then tune in. Don’t feel too bad if you are a parent with a tech-addicted child, Big Tech is aggressively targeting their young minds throughout the day, but you can fight back. Join us for a surprising and uplifting crash course in digital self-defense and a very special guest in the studio.

Join the resistance against the excesses of Big Tech. We are taking back our digital agency and fighting to keep tech good! For young and old and for our collective future.

We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do by BJ Fogg
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier 
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
7 WARNING Signs You’re Addicted to Technology, Life Hack
Is your child addicted to screens? Here’s what you can do about it, the Conversation the ethical social media that helps you focus
Foundations of Humane Technology course

Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. 

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