This week’s must-reads: Why Facts Alone Can’t Fight False Beliefs

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!

Are You a Wage Slave? (Medium) Can we create a future where people no longer have to work at jobs they hate?

Online Distribution Effect: Why We Express More Online (Cognition Today) The internet offers anonymity and psychological distance that allows us to lower our filters, increase impulsivity, and aggression, and drop inhibitions.

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind (Pocket Worthy) The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.

An age-by-age guide to kids and smartphones (Today’s Parent) How should kids use cellphones? And at what age are they emotionally ready to have their own?

Principles for the Application of Human Intelligence (Behavioral Scientist) Before humans become the standard way in which we make decisions, we need to consider the risks and ensure implementation of human decision-making systems doesn’t cause widespread harm.

Time spent on smartphones not linked to mental health problems — new research (The Conversation) Our team conducted two studies that directly measured the time people spent on their smartphones each for a week to understand the relationship with mental health.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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