“Tech Addiction” Is the New Reefer Madness

Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal
Mar 11 · 4 min read

By promoting the idea that technology is hijacking our brains and getting all of us addicted to our devices, techno-fearmongers elevate the exception rather than the rule.

Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, introduced the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act, which — beyond its forced acronym — was remarkable for how aggressively it would regulate the design of…