Are App Designers Deliberately Turning Us Into Zombies?

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Adam Alter didn’t set out to scare me, but here we are.

I am terrified.

Alter is an NYU psychology professor and the author of the new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.” It’s a hard, thoughtful look at the ways smartphone apps and social media hijack our brains to crave what those apps deliver.

“Irresistible” lays out the science of behavioral addiction, introduces us to people who became casualties of too much gaming or cell-phone use, and provides strategies for keeping a healthy relationship with our devices.

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