This week’s must-reads: How to be Bored

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!

Can We Please Stop Calling Everyone ‘Addicted’? (Medium) There are some big problems with throwing the word “addiction” around.

How to be Bored (Vice) Boredom doesn’t feel good, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Understanding it can help resist the urge to run from it.

Fighting the to-do list tyranny (Valdosta Daily Times) A schedule allows us to live an intentional life based on what we want to accomplish and who we want to become.

Ten-Year Long Study Confirms No Link Between Playing Violent Video Games as Early as Ten Years Old and Aggressive Behavior Later in Life (Game Sage) The study found no correlation between growing up playing video games and increased levels of aggression ten years later.

The Social Media Revolution: Is it Really Different This Time? (Dlavenda)
Social media is only the latest of a number of prior information revolutions, so we have from where to learn about today’s social dilemma.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do (Pocket Worthy) Understanding user motivations, daily habits, and patterns helps create insight that informs and inspires teams to create better solutions for people.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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