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If it is your first book, then sure, it is 5/5 book. However, if you red many books and know what the book should be like, then you will be disappointed, because it is not a book. It is a collection of anecdotes. Not only it is a collection of anecdotes but is also a collection of authors failing attempts to connect those anecdotes.
Sometimes I felt genuinely insulted. For example, author talked about Super Mario, and how that game was good, because it was easy for the newbies to learn how to play it without explicit tutorials. Then author described a game where you bet for 20 dollars and if you bet higher than your friend, you will win those 20 dollars. The problem was that you did not stop after the bet of 20 dollars, because the loss will mean much more. And then the author concludes: "For my students, the hook was the slim chance of winning twenty dollars at the heavy discount. In my case, the hook was a plumber named Mario in search of a kidnapped princess." Seriously? How is that even connected?
Then the author includes a lot of unnecessary information and unnecessary stories (that also have no connection at all to the main theme of the book) just because he knows them. For example, the author described for 2 pages the personalities of researchers. Why should I care? The research itself was described in 2 pages and the people were not mentioned ever again. Why do you describe their personalities of those researchers for 2 more pages?
And It happens all the time. The author writes stories that he knows of, and then tries really hard to connect them to the main narrative (one example is on the page 212, if you have the book). And you know what is the main narrative? There is no main narrative. It is just a collection of stories.
His interview on Fresh Air is 100 times better than the book and only discusses a small fraction of it longer than the book does.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I have read/listened to it a few times now. The book is a practical study of how screens/consumer digital technology is affecting our psychology and physiology. The book is highly relevant as we must deeply question our modern relationships with devices. What utility does digital technology bring to us? What are the negative externalities? Are we comfortable with the current costs of using the devices?
Particularly, I enjoyed the sections on the addictive nature of social media. Over the past few years, I have learnt to dislike social media. I now almost completely have cut it out of my life. Becoming dependent on the dopamine hit that "likes" provide screws one's reality. Focus is taken away from a small number of meaningful relationships and placed onto a large number of meaningless relationships. This book highlights the physiological nature that makes social media addictive. After knowing the strategies that are used, maybe you too can reflect and re-evaluate the role that social media has in your life.
This is a book for anyone that is interested in understanding human nature.
This book looks at our addiction to technology (smartphones, email, gaming, fitness tracking, etc). It starts by reviewing the research on behavioural addiction (what it is and where it came from), how to create addictive experiences, and solutions for living in a world where abstinence from technology isn't an option. It's different than the other UX books I've read in that it made me think about the ethics of creating addictive user interfaces and what responsibilities we have as designers of these products.
Adam Alter beschreibt in seinem aktuellen Werk "Irresistible", warum moderne Technologien wie Smartphones, (Online-)Games, digitale soziale Netzwerke usw. süchtig machen. Ironischerweise hat Alter durch einen lockeren und doch teils ernsten Stil und weites Ausholen in der Geschichte der Sucht- und Verhaltensforschung, eine unwiderstehliche Lektüre abgeliefert, die ein hochaktuelles Thema für jedermann zugänglich macht. Eine absolute Leseempfehlung und meiner Meinung nach derzeit eines der, für den täglichen Anwender moderner Technologien, besten Bücher zur digitalen Revolution.
Formulaic research cut and paste job. A real disappointment. This terrain is ripe for great writing and insightful commentary by great minds, after all the technology in question is fundamentally altering human behaviour, intelligence and interactions in a profoundly negative way. There is nothing here that hasn't been glossed over in a reasonably well-written piece on the subject in the Atlantic or the New Yorker.
The book was in excellent condition and delivered right on time. It's an eye opener book for those who spend there most of the time or gets addicted to the gadgets. I will recommend this book to everyone especially to those who still doesn't know the consequences of excessive use of gadgets.