This week’s must reads: Why do we keep panicking over tech?

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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!

Trying to Fight, Not Spread, Fear and Lies (New York Times)
How does the media cover lies without compounding them? The media must try harder to avoid becoming a channel to spread disinformation, hatred or lies.

Should You Make Your Kids Wait Until High School for a Cell Phone? (Lifehacker) The struggle between a parent who wants to delay and a child who swears all of his friends are getting phones is real.

Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts. (Vox) There’s a lot not yet known about the connection between media use and brain health in adults and kids.

Rediscovering My Daughter Through Instagram (New York Times)
Paulina was a remote as a 15-year-old could be. And then her mom saw her photography on Instagram and suddenly was able to join Paulina’s world.

Why do we keep panicking over tech? (The Washington Post)People have little idea how innovations will affect the world in the long term, and the impact is almost never as bad as predicted.

Searching for digital technology’s effects on well-being (Nature)
Fears over the impact on mental health of smartphones, social media and other trappings of the digital world are driving tech companies to change, but the evidence remains sketchy.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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