This week’s must-reads: What the Times got wrong about kids and phones

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

What the Times got wrong about kids and phones (Columbia Journalism Review)
The recent articles run in The New York Times’ were lacking relevant research, drew misleading conclusions and some anecdotal evidence cited contradicted the central hooks of the stories.

May A.I. Help You? (New York Times)Recent history has seen a rapid change in at least one human attitude toward machines: We’ve grown accustomed to talking to them. The impact of conversational A.I. on everyday life will be subtle but ubiquitous.

How to trick People Into Saving Money (The Atlantic)
Americans’ difficulty saving is a textbook example of how brains wired to reckon with short-term threats and opportunities struggle to think about long-term consequences.

How to stop your brain’s addiction to bad news (Fast Company)
Turn on the news these days and you’d be forgiven for thinking the world is about to end. From politics to climate change to the economy, negative and bad news surrounds us everywhere we go.

Are Smartphones Causing Depression in Kids? (Colorado Parent) The jury’s still out, but compelling evidence may sway parents to pay more attention to the connection between phones and their child’s behavior.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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