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Is quality time the next killer app?

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24.04.2019

Serial entrepreneur and former Mozilla creative lead Aza Raskin reminds me that he invented the infinite scroll–not boastfully, but a tad sheepishly. That’s because the technology, which enables the next article to automatically load as you scroll to the end of the current one (as you experience on Fast Company), can be harmful to your psychological health.

Online content that goes on and on, effortlessly–like Facebook and Twitter feeds or Netflix autoplays–nudge us to spend more time connected to a narrow virtual world and less to a full, real one. This “extraction of human attention” is one of the great threats to humanity, say Raskin and former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris–comparable to climate change. In 2018, the pair formed the........

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