In a digital world permeated by social media and instant gratification, we’re losing the ability to pay attention.
Try to watch the first video in this post without doing anything else. Were you able to do it? Was it difficult? Did your thoughts keep wandering? Were you tempted to let it play in the background while you did something else?
In the second and third videos below, Tristan Harris – former “Design Ethicist” for Google – talks about how modern technologies are often designed to be addictive and disrupt our focus, and how they should rather be based on a framework for ethically steering the thoughts and actions of billions of people.