'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Publication Title
The Guardian
Publication/Creation Date
October 6 2017
Paul Lewis (creator)
Justin Rosenstein (contributor)
Leah Pearlman (contributor)
Nir Eyal (contributor)
Tristan Harris (contributor)
BJ Fogg (contributor)
Loren Brichter (contributor)
Justin Santamaria (contributor)
Chris Marcellino (contributor)
Roger McNamee (contributor)
Sheryl Sandberg (contributor)
James Williams (contributor)
George Orwell (contributor)
Aldous Huxley (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies.

Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Not On The Body

Date archived
October 26 2017
Last edited
October 8 2020
How to cite this entry
Paul Lewis. (October 6 2017). "'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia". The Guardian. The Guardian. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/2574