For the past 3 years, I’ve written about technology’s impact on our attention, time and focus. This is a concern for me because I’ve personally experienced the downsides to using technology mindlessly and missing out on some things that really matter. But I watched an interview this past weekend that woke me up to the larger problem that’s driving our distracted lives. It helped me understand the true impact of technology on the human brain and the far-reaching implications on our society and our future. The interview drew my attention to how technology is being used to manipulate our free will.
You check Facebook for a 5-minute break and end up spending 30 minutes.
You find yourself watching funny cat videos instead of doing research for a work project.
You go on Amazon to order the one thing you need and end up buying much more.
At the root of all these decisions is your free will.
Your ability to make a choice based on what you need and want—your...
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