Evidence that Distractions are Bad

Last curated Feb 27, 2018 by Subforum Core

This list organizes evidence that our relationship with our devices is at times unhealthy. A lot of this evidence is observational, or qualitative, or if quantitative then often not controlled for correlative effects. This is because well-designed correlative studies would take a tremendous amount of time and money. There have been recent major calls for large scale studies that will eventually address this gap for you skeptics out there, hopefully in time to save your kids!


WaPost news piece on Facebook Executive's Sense of Guilt

Addictive Design: Why Your iPhone Is a Vending Machine (Phillips & Wolf)

The World Unplugged Study - Led by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA), University of Maryland, USA.

Center for Humane Tech | Time Well Spent (Tristan Harris)

Why you're not "addicted" to technology (and it's dangerous to say so): An interview with behavioral designer Nir Eyal


Designing for Vigilance During Intermittent Use (Phillips)

Are Mobile Users More Vigilant? (Phillips)


Social Development

Apple investor calls for study on Kids and Smartphones


Critical Response by Sarah Cavanaugh

Sherry Turkle's 'Reclaiming Conversation'

Connected, but alone? TedTalk 2012

Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society with 'dopamine-driven feedback loops'

Attention Economy / Business Models

Danah Boyd - Hacking the attn economy

The Economist - an economy built on attention is easily gamed

Joe Califa

Designers are respected more than ever but also advocating for users less

Aaron O'Hearn

There was a company who tried "Let us mine with your computer while you're using the platform INSTEAD of ads." New Jersey tried to shut them down.

Physical Safety

Distracted Driving

GDP / Productivity

GDP per Hour Worked


NetFlix/A16z podcast