This week’s must-reads: How to Take Control of Your Schedule

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 Banning Infinite Scrolling Would Fail to Solve Our Overuse of Social Media (Social Media Week)
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would present an outline for a process through which social media platforms would be forced to change the core ways their products function.

Making financial apps as addictive as Facebook (Credit Union Journal)
A new financial wellness app hopes to help people do things like build more solid savings habits, reduce the chances of overdrafting and increase on-time payments.

How To Take Control of Your Schedule (Lifehacker)
If you want to do something, block off time for it. This includes everything from the task you have to finish at work to the walk you want to take with your family.

Evidence, Please (Jeff Jarvis)
Too many momentous decisions about the future of the internet and its regulation are being made on the basis of assumptions and not evidence.

The Effect Social Media on Mental Health and Well-Being (Cognition Today)
It appears that the amount of time someone spends on social media doesn’t necessarily predict poor mental health.

It’s Not Just a Chemical Imbalance (The New York Times)
The failure of mental health care in America is due in part by the primacy of the chemical imbalance theory of mental and neurological disorders.

Happy reading!

-Nir

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