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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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A recap of behavioral addiction struggling for con

Just a recap of common knowledge about behavioral addiction and habits. I was hoping for some insights into the "the business of keeping us hooked" but there was not much.

The book also seems to struggle for content, with some chapters making a pretty weak point about some possibly addictive technologies.

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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.

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

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Good read for new parents and tech professionals.

While it helps to internalize and identify your own behavioral addictions, I felt it failed to provide a good plan to fight them before they become a problem. IMO the author focused a lot on the recovery centers that are not available for the vast mayority of readers. Good read though. Excellent performance, easy to understand for non native speakers.

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Must read for anyone living after 2008

Like never before have we been enticed by entertaining and addicting distractions. This is the best book I have found about learning to acknowledge and manage this temptation. Especially recommend for parents.

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Great insight on Addiction to anything

Great Book with a good Narrator. It can be repetitive in spots, but I think that is needed to clearly depict addiction to anything from substances to tech. An eye opening, though provoking book.

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This is a must-listen

Such an eye opener. I am sure that I will visit this book multiple times.

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effects of technology

very intriguing & thought provoking look into the effects of technology. Also posing the question can we be addicted to behaviors m

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Tech addiction and VR is not yet mainstream, wow

This book covers other addictions besides technology related ones. Stories from Alter’s life experiences with technology addiction are interesting. I found the chapters on gaming the most interesting. The barrage of Candy Crush and Farm game requests I received from friends on Facebook a few years ago showed me how social media users are actively used to attempt to pull others into the Facebook ecosystem. Missing is more detail on the how of keeping us hooked. Overall an informative and engaging read