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How business software can stay clear of digital addiction

July 9, 2020

It isn’t hard to find apparent evidence of addiction to digital technology. British adults check their smartphone devices every 12 minutes when awake, according to UK media regulator Ofcom’s 2019 Online nation report.

Meanwhile, interviews with 2,200 five to 16 year olds by British market researcher Childwise found that 44% feel uncomfortable if they are without a phone signal and 57% always have their phones beside their beds.

Technologists such as Tristan Harris, who used to work as a design ethicist for Google, argue that smartphones and other digital services are addictive, shortening attention spans and polarising society.

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