This week’s must-reads: How to Decline a Meeting

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!

Screen Time for Kids: Give Them What They Need (NirAndFar) Technology isn’t the root cause of children’s unhealthy relationship with technology. Let’s understand the real reason kids overdo it.

How to Decline a Meeting (Another Task Done) Everyone wants fewer meetings, but declining invites can be daunting. Declining meetings is a skill that gets easier with practice.

No, Social Media Isn’t Destroying Civilization (Jacobin) Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells a horror story about how social media is creating political extremism and diving children into depression and addiction.

How to make friends as an adult (Psyche) Friends are a great source of fun and meaning, which is why we need to invest in making friends. Here’s how.

When Technology Takes Revenge (FS Blog) Seeing technology as part of a complex system can help us avoid costly unintended consequences.

The Spiral of Silence (FS Blog) Our desire to fit in with others means we don’t always say what we think. We only express opinions that seem safe.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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