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Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction - an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone, and millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans.

In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible. Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe, their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist.

By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good - to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play - and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children.

©2017 Adam Alter (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Disturbing

The author does an incredible job piecing together anecdotal evidence, clinical presentations and research to provide a convincingly disturbing analysis of the dangers parents (I am a father of 6) unwittingly expose their children to. A MUST READ for every parent of children under the age of 21! For that matter it is also a cautionary tale for adults since smart phones are ubiquitous in western society and most adults polled say that they "can't live without" one.

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Good start with no direction

the idea is good but ultimately the author doesn't really make an argument. and if his original plan is to state how media is addiction he doesn't really stick to it.

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Anyone with kids

Anyone with kids today should read this book. Analyze yourself your kids and your future.

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A Must Listen

To those who know the addictive power of screens, listen here and learn exactly why they are that way. Adam Alter uses a vast amount of examples and puts in brilliant words why we succumb to these addictive behaviors and how we can better use them. Great content.

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Not scientifically sound

I'm an addiction researcher. I thought I'd listen to this to learn more tech companies' efforts to keep people using their products. There's a little bit of that in the book but nothing that's not already fairly evident and well known. The bigger problem is the imprecise discussing of many concepts in addiction. There's a lot in this book that is poorly explained and misleading. A lay reader wouldn't know they're getting a very cartoonish picture of addiction. For a nuanced, critical and accessible book on addiction, see Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz. This book was a disappointment.

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great book

very informative, ans has given me a different plan for my children and myself. will rec come

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I'm addicted!

I enjoyed listening to the book better than reading it. The way the narrator read the book kept me engaged and wanting to hear more. The book is very interesting and well written. Love it.

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Thought-provoking

Very interesting book that illuminates the dark side of technology. As I listened, I thought about how I use technology and some ways I should change my approach. Although I initially borrowed this audiobook from Scribd, I've since purchased it so I can listen again. Highly recommended.

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Everyone should listen to this

The author is very careful to explain how digital medias keeps us hooked.
The book includes a lot of stories which are well narrated and contains just enough scientific facts.
On the other hand I really enjoyed that the author explains not all medias are bad, and how we can use digital addictions in a good way.
I think every adult should listen to this, because weather you want it or not, you will face behavioral addictions related to technology in your life.

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Thought provoking.

I didn't enjoy the narrator but the story was very interesting and sparked some conflict with my technology use.

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