CanCon Podcast Ep. 93: Why tech wants to keep you addicted

tech addiction

This article is late because I was wasting time on Twitter.

The caveat, of course, is that my delay is by design. Tech addiction – and the inability to disconnect – is not a bug, it’s a feature. And as we are starting to learn, it’s a feature that the major tech companies now optimize for.

This is a tough realization for those of us old enough to remember the ‘Before Times’, when digital engagement was a matter of choice. But what about digital natives, those being born into a tech world trying to keep them addicted? New studies indicate the results are as bad as you’d expect.

Speaking of addictive technology, Animoji’s have now entered the popular tech vocabulary. And with everything in 2017, it has already been meme’d, with Animoji Karaoke. The presentation is candy sweet, but there’s some major tech running under the hood. Does Apple have a new form of communication on its hands, or just another fad?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor; Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – pick the animoji that best represent their inner selves.

Have some hot takes on the topics that we covered? Maybe you want to suggest something for a future podcast! Perhaps you have a burning question about something you read in tech news that we didn’t cover. Email us, post a comment below with the answer or question, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your thoughts there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 93 (11/13/17)

Animojiacs
I hate animoji, but even I can see their extraordinary potential

Engineering addiction
‘We’re designing minds’: Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade
Why Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Both Severely Limited Their Kids’ Tech Use
Tristan Harris has some thoughts on tech addiction

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Crazy For You” by Hedley

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.