This week’s must reads: Can Smart Apps Help?

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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!

The One Fitness App That Hooked Me For Good (NirandFar)
Fitbod is a beautifully designed app that has helped me consistently hit the gym for over two year, and I’m not the only one who’s found the app helpful.

The Dangers of Overpersonalization (Nielsen Norman Group)
One of the problems with a personalized experience is that users are placed into a niche and start experiencing only information that goes into that niche.

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease (New York Times)

In an effort to reduce opioid addiction, doctors are cutting back on pain medication — and sometimes leaving patients to suffer.

Why there is no need to panic about fake news (TimHarford) The free press — and healthy democratic discourse — faces some existential problems but fake news is not one of them.

How Fearless Organizations Succeed (Amy Edmondson)
A fearless organization is one that provides psychological safety. But as more and more consultants, managers, and commentators are talking about psychological safety, the risk of misunderstanding what the concept is all about has intensified.

When It’s Hard to Make Ends Meet, Can Smart Apps Help? (New York Times) From managing the government’s SNAP food-assistance program to paying parking tickets on time or using payday loans, new technology can guide low-income people through complexity.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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