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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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informative

The book discusses addiction as human nature and how technology can be used to exploit this. These tactics are described and make you more aware and attentive to these hooks. I found the book informative and enlightening. The author helps you understand addiction in general, not just with technology but as we are wired. Apps and technology can be tools to exploit human nature and this book helps you understand how. Well written and well narrated.

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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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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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Lives up to all the praise from podcast hosts

Adam Schafer her from mindpump media podcast has been raving about this book for months. I am so happy I took his advice and purchased the book. It completely lives up to all the shining accolades Adam gave 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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One of those books that is helpful and insightful

Because of this book I have a better understanding on why people are hooked to their phones, games, and so on. Highly would recommend this if you are trying to cut down screen time, or want to figure out all the parenting drama behind new tech and your kids.

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Captivating and informative

I learned a lot about addiction from this novel; both behaviour and substance based. The science was presented in an engaging, relatable way. Highly recommend this if you're interested in the subject.

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We are all addicts of some kind. must read.

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details on Sopranos, everything was compact and well written. It helped me overcome my game addiction.

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Interesting

I found this book fascinating and educational. It enlightened me on how tech developers and others can and do exploit the human brain wiring, thereby allowing me to learn how to overcome the resulting addiction behavior. I’m a definite cell phone addict, and I’m hoping that the information and insight from this book will help me lighten up my addiction’s effects on my time. I also found the book easy to listen to - it held my attention very well.