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We have to help our children manage their tech usage — not outlaw it

Nir Eyal is the author of the new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. This piece is part of a weeklong series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Eyal.

Our fears about what technology and smartphones are doing to our kids has reached a fever pitch. Articles with headlines like “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and “The Risk Of Teen Depression And Suicide Is Linked To Smartphone Use” have, ironically enough, gone viral online.

“It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades,” writes


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Digital tools can address your professional shortcomings, either by compensating for deficits or by actually retraining your brain

A woman sits on the floor leaning against a couch, and uses her laptop.
A woman sits on the floor leaning against a couch, and uses her laptop.

This piece is part of a week-long series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Nir Eyal, the author of the new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

We spend a lot of time worrying about how technology makes us less effective thinkers and managers, whether it’s because we’ve shortened our attention spans or turned into terse, 280-character communicators. But the right tools can also address your professional shortcomings, either by compensating for deficits or by actually retraining your brain. It’s just a matter of being honest about your limitations — and then choosing the…


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Recent research shows that people want a digital detox. What solutions are available to us if we want to improve our relationship with our devices?

Shot of a businesswoman using her mobile phone during a conference
Shot of a businesswoman using her mobile phone during a conference

This piece is part of a week-long series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Nir Eyal, the author of the new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

In The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s last novel before his death in 1982, the narrator imagines lying in bed trying to remember if he turned his car lights off. Eventually, he goes outside to check. …


Indistractable

Sticking to goals is hard. Luckily, there are tricks we can use when we wobble off course.

This piece is part of a week-long series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Nir Eyal, the author of the new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

In an era of screens, few of us are immune to distraction. Our mental bandwidth is chewed up by the churn and burn of social media streams, lightning-quick news cycles, and the effort of keeping up with more people than we could possibly truly know.

As a psychologist in general practice and a researcher in cyberpsychology, I work to help people get back in touch with the…


Indistractable

How the difference between traction and distraction could transform your productivity

Nir Eyal is the author of the forthcoming book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. This piece is part of weeklong series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Eyal.

I know how distractions work from the inside. For over a decade, I’ve helped tech companies build products to keep you clicking. In fact, I wrote the book on it. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which came out in 2014, was written to help companies build healthy habits in their customers, like regularly going to the gym and eating right. But in the process of…

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