I wake up and my first order of business is to check my Apple watch for any notifications. Then I check my phone to do a deeper dive. I first check Instagram, then Twitter. I’m looking for any new updates from friends, who liked my latest post, and what’s trending. In today’s world, news is 24/7. In order to keep up with what is going on, I feel like I am constantly refreshing. That’s the thing about REFRESHING is that it’s addicting. In an article entitled, What is “Brain Hacking”? Tech Insiders on Why You Should Care written by Anderson Cooper, it talks about how our phones are like slot machines. A former Google product manager, Tristan Harris, talks about why we are so attached. “Well every time I check my phone, I’m playing the slot machine to see, ‘What did I get?’ This is one way to hijack people’s minds and create a habit, to form a habit. What you do is you make it so when someone pulls a lever, sometimes they get a reward, an exciting reward. And it turns out that this design technique can be embedded inside of all these products.” I feel a pull to my phone all the time, constantly thinking about what is going on online and it’s because all of our technologies are designed to keep our attention. Is it fair for companies to do that? They are fully aware of the capabilities of their little machines, but they still continue to sell them anyway. This addiction is taking over today’s society. On the other hand, I don’t really know if there is a solution to this problem. How do we come down from this technology high? Will there ever be a day where we can live without the amount of technology we have now?

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