This week’s must-reads: Preparing Your Mind for Uncertain Times

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!

This How the Media is Misleading You on ‘Technology Addiction’ (NirAndFar) When it comes to technology addiction, there are plenty of myths and exaggerations by journalists unable (or unwilling) to interpret scientific studies correctly.

Social Networks Can Curb Addiction WITHOUT Making Their Products Suck (Medium) Social networks should implement Use and Abuse policies to help protect people who are vulnerable.

How to Disarm Internal Triggers of Distractions (Get Pocket) Use this 4-step method to handle unwanted thoughts that can derail your focus.

Preparing Your Mind for Uncertain Times (The Atlantic) Humans hate uncertainty, and will do just about anything to avoid it, even choosing a known bad outcome over an unknown but possibly good one.

Conversations on Polarizing Topics Are Possible. If You’re Up for It, Here’s How to Start (Medium) What is the best way to deal with polarizing topics without resorting to yelling at each other or instituting a moratorium?

The Powerful Addiction of Variable Rewards (The Hard Fork) Popular products that tap into the deeply ingrained human behavior and drive all have one thing in common: variable rewards.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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