This week’s must-reads: Can the Right App Fix Your Psychological Flaws?

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!

Why digital devices aren’t responsible for employee distraction (Macy Bayern)
While many people blame their distractions on digital devices, the problem is actually within the company culture.

New algorithm can distinguish cyberbullies from normal Twitter users with 90% accuracy (Science Daily) A team of researchers have developed machine learning algorithms which can successfully identify bullies and aggressors on Twitter.

Internet Addiction Becomes Fear-Based Political Currency (Pamela B. Rutledge) Anxieties over social media use are fodder for the campaign trail. This is fear tactics at their worst.

Mental Health Issues Not Linked to Digital Technology Use [Study] (The College Post) A new study has junked the proposition that the excessive use of smartphones is linked to increased mental health problems.

It’s Time to Tackle Your Team’s Undiscussables (MIT Sloan Management Review) Subjects that are consciously or unwittingly deemed out of bounds come in four varieties and make it almost impossible for teams to function.

The Right App Can Fix Your Psychological Flaws (Alexandra Samuel) Digital tools can address your professional shortcomings, either by compensating for deficits or by actually retraining your brain.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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