…ms, and the apps that those operating systems run — they’re designed to turn attention into profit. Smartphones are more like malls than public squares. We’re putting our trust into devices which have an incentive to mislead and deceive us. When we analyze how the children of today are interacting with smartphones, a society shaped by privatized thoughts is a reason to worry.
“[T]he tech industry uses design techniques to keep people hooked to the screen for as long and as frequently as possible. Not because they’re evil but because of this arms race for attention … Technology steers what 2 billion people are thinking and believing every day. It’s possibly the largest source of influence over 2 billion people’s thoughts that has ever been created. Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts.”