Limiting message forwarding on WhatsApp helped slow disinformation In January, WhatsApp limited how often messages can be forwarded—to only five groups instead of 20—in an attempt to slow the spread of disinformation. (They had previously limited it to 20 from … Continue reading Chain messages
What a New Theory of Attention Says About Consciousness We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of … Continue reading Filtering out distractions
Why Online Dating Can Feel Like Such an Existential Nightmare My maternal grandparents met through mutual friends at a summer pool party in the suburbs of Detroit shortly after World War II. Thirty years later, their oldest daughter met my … Continue reading Matchmaking
Where is the boundary between your phone and your mind? Many of the boundary lines in our lives are highly literal, and, for the most part, this is how we’ve been trained to think of boundaries: as demarcations shored up … Continue reading Borders
A novel way to prevent email overlaod I ask people to donate $20 to cold-email me. And I think everyone should. Allow me to start by making this personal: this is what I do for a living. I spend my … Continue reading The ‘sender pays you’ model
Three problems with the debate around screen time The debate about children and technology has increasingly captured public interest over the past year, and has been raging for many more. As with anything of this nature, the public conversations about … Continue reading How much screen time is good?
A Cognitive Scientist Explains the Evolutionary Roots of Smartphone Addiction Much ink has been spilled worrying about what the scourge of smartphone addiction is doing to the kids, in particular. So much so that Apple rolled out a suite of … Continue reading Craving for smarthphone