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

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 23, 2018
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    Today’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.

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  • Clay

     (Feb 23, 2018)

    Currently watching this on my phone.

  • Giovanni scarlxd

     (Jan 1, 2019)

    Me too even though am 8

  • pencil case

     (Dec 31, 2018)

    Bottomless vortex of stuff:Vox videos

  • Edho Zell

     (Feb 25, 2018)

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

  • Stephanie Logan

     (Jan 4, 2019)

    +Astroworld Stormi hmm, boggle.

  • Stephanie Logan

     (Jan 4, 2019)

    Don't worry, we're here for you.Just turn around....🤪🤪🤪.

  • Wolkify

     (Feb 26, 2018)

    of course phones are addicting! just like social media - especially youtube. why do you think you landed on this video?that being said, lemme upload more on my channel and contribute to the problem 😁

  • Win ter

     (6 days ago)

    YouTube is not a part of social media it only lets you watch videos,not for socializing

  • Speed Rubriker

     (Jan 7, 2019)

    Love ur channel ♥️

  • Hazman Rostam

     (Feb 23, 2018)

    Consumerism. Is it part of addiction?

  • Mung Candace

     (Jun 16, 2018)


  • Video Games Are Fun

     (May 26, 2018)

    not for minimalists. nope.

  • TTTechnoPro

     (Feb 25, 2018)

    It’s not you. Vox made this title addicting


     (Feb 2, 2019)

    VOX have to ADMIT

  • Salokin

     (Feb 23, 2018)

    Intresting video, but I need to check my messages first

  • Cinder Block18

     (Apr 14, 2018)


  • Mr Ramdom

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  • Dakota

     (Feb 23, 2018)

    Haha the irony of this all is that Vox told us to hit the Bell icon to get 'Push Notifications' for new videos 😂

  • nelson a

     (Oct 31, 2018)

    If it help us to learn and improve why Not?depends really how we use the media.

  • Seth Van Pelt

     (Sep 1, 2018)

    sorry, the manager or something at google, not a scientist.

  • *HazelnutSheep*

     (Feb 24, 2018)

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

  • Tommy Tam

     (Jan 22, 2019)

    That’s why the YouTube button is Red too

  • United States Armed Forces

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    The unsubscribe button is grey so that it discourages you from clicking it

  • Ysp

     (Feb 24, 2018)

    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 ...

  • MSK

     (May 1, 2018)

    I’d rather be addicted to my phone than be addicted to alcohol or drugs...

  • Kevin Mojica

     (Jan 5, 2019)

    Yeah, swap that addiction for another. You are so clever.

  • Introverted Weeb

     (Jan 5, 2019)

    +A S A P C A I L L O U actually, its not. Lets say, a famliy. If the parent is addicted to their phone it could mildy hurt their family while alcohol could turn violent and bad and hurt the brain so much as to be submitted to a hospital and die