It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 23, 2018
  • The 3 design elements that make smartphones so hard to put down, explained by Google’s former design ethicist. Check out Christophe's video on how designers find inspiration in nature: Ezra Klein's full interview with Tristan Harris: our interview with Catherine Price: notification research by the Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University & Synapse IncSubscribe to our channel!’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. But that’s kind of the point. When people talk about the “attention economy,” they’re referring to the fact that your time and attention are the currency on which today’s applications make money. Because apps profit off of the total time you spend on their platform, there’s a strong incentive to use psychological tricks to keep you endlessly hooked. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tristan Harris, who runs Time Well Spent, is working to create a world where platforms can more honestly respect their users’ time. By Design is a new Vox video series about the intersection of design and technology, hosted by Christophe Haubursin. Stay tuned for more, and check out Christophe's most recent work exploring design in our Vox + 99% Invisible collaboration: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Twitter: on Facebook:
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  • Clay

     1 years ago

    Currently watching this on my phone.

  • Like a little lego

     10 hours ago

    I tought you were watching it on a potato

  • Pangaea Menslijk

     1 months ago

    I still prefer to use a computer for most things (on a laptop now). Wonder how it compares.

  • TTTechnoPro

     1 years ago

    It’s not you. Vox made this title addicting

  • Deleina's Dna

     11 hours ago

    @meathebird its not you. meathebird made this comment addicting




  • Wahyu Guntara

     3 months ago

    Now they give us dark mode so we can use it when we’re about to sleep

  • Banana

     1 years ago

    Switching to Nokia 3310. Wish me luck bois.

  • Elena Rocky

     19 days ago

    Good luck

  • Shashank T

     20 days ago

    u there

  • Edho Zell

     1 years ago

    I just turn off all my notification... now i feel lonely...

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  • otaku.that.likes.memes

     6 days ago

    I don't even have notifications Xd

  • cocoajinni

     4 months ago

    Nintendo always' tells me to take a break 😉

  • Kitten Mimi

     21 days ago

    @Yiran D ohh, that. Yeah ^^ it's great

  • Yiran D

     21 days ago

    @Kitten Mimi Well , Pokemon series. You need to go out, make friends and walk a lot to get the Pokemon you want.

  • Ysp

     1 years ago

    I think it's great people are thinking and talking about this. It's something that I noticed very quickly when I got a smartphone: it's like a black hole that sucks up all your time. I can spend an hour just looking at Instagram, without noticing that time passes. In the meantime, nothing else gets done. You can only spend your time once. I'm not a millennial, but Gen X, so I had a whole life before smartphones existed too. I like social media, I love my phone, but it worries me how much time it sucks ...

  • LancesArmorStriking

     4 days ago

    Thanks for posting! As a millenial/Gen Z myself, far too much time of mine- almost a decade now- has been misused or in some cases wasted because of the timesuck that is social media and the Internet in general. I know it's overplayed, but I really do wish I was born in your generation. There might have been lead in the air and cars weren't as safe, but the economy was better and you didn't have to deal with a completely novel problem that we do- constant bombardment of information.

  • - tamak

     13 days ago


  • Supreme Sector

     5 days ago

    *You should stop scrolling here*This comment section is a BOTTOMLESS VORTEX OF STUFF

  • Cloud Salazar


    This needs to go on top.

  • XpertMan

     1 years ago

    *It's NOT the PHONE! - IT IS YOU!* - ppl don't like to be bored so why not doing 'something' rather than nothing ;)

  • Loop Is Dedz

     6 days ago

    You corrected the title, now it's your chance to proof to the people that are addicted to their phones by making a speech.... *BECOME THE NEXT LUTHER KING.*

  • M N

     6 months ago

    This comment gave me some faith in humanity

  • *HazelnutSheep*

     1 years ago

    That's why the subscribe button is red...

  • Itz Sh0ckerz

     1 months ago

    That's why when you like a comment, it turns blue.