Addicted to Tech? An Expert Explains How to Overcome It / Adam Alter and Joe De Sena


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How many hours a day do you need to use your feet to get to your phone? One? Two? zero? Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," has made a study of the outsized influence addictive technology has had on us and some basic steps to counteract it. An associate professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, his research focuses on judgment, decision-making, and social psychology.

Today on Spartan Up podcast Adam Alter and Joe De Sena, Spartan Race founder, hash out some simple steps to get your relationship with technology back in balance. Joe's involve a phone on a drone you have to chase to use, Alter's are more practical:

  1. Aim for 4 hours a day your phone is not within reach
  2. Spend the first and last hour of the day away from your phone
  3. No screens at dinner, even if you're alone

“It's almost like a gateway. Once you're in there, it's really hard to stop. It's kind of binary, either you don't use these devices, or you use them more than you would like.” ~Adam Alter


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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena

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