Big Tech likes to disrupt. But when it comes to papering over the problems it’s created, it’s happy taking a page out of a well-worn corporate playbook.
Over the last month, Google, Apple, and, most recently, Facebook and Instagram, have all unveiled features intended to give people a better understanding of and control over how they use their phones.
The features are part of the “Time Well Spent” movement, a phrase popularized in 2017 meant to address concerns about screen addiction, particularly for adolescent development. The idea of the movement, and now its Big Tech-endorsed manifestations, is that through tools to understand and manage use, people can fight addiction and have a sense that the time sucked into the vortex of our smartphones is “well spent.” Read more…
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