None of what you wrote addressed my point, except for the first line where it seems like you agree with me 🤔Nonetheless…

You care about your children, most parents do, myself included. Goes without saying really. So it’s very interesting to me how those of your ilk can justify using technology to Make something that takes advantage of people, kids, for the sake of profit while knowing what you’re doing, while knowing that these apps you build engender addictive behavior. I think that is pathological.

The difference between our children’s generation and ours (I’m guessing by your profile pic that your late 40s, early 50s), is that technology is deeply embedded in their concepts of reality, not necessarily so for us. For younger generations it is ubiquitous with life and few see separation between virtual reality and physical reality – Read Alan Lightman for more on this. We were in our twenties when mobile phones arrived, closer to 30+ when smartphones landed. So our formative years were spared the damaging effects. “The fear mongering narrative” is an interesting way to put it. I think “the fear mongering” is justified.

If you haven’t yet, you should read Jean Twenge’s paper from March 20th 2019 on the role of digital media in personal happiness. I hope it influences your thoughts on personal technology and its impact on young people’s health.

I don’t have a problem with technology. How could I when I use and gain advantage from it every day. But what I do have a problem with is unscrupulous individuals who knowingly and recklessly manipulate sleepy people, and juveniles, for profit. It is shortsighted and represents all that is wrong in the business world.

I’ve bought hooked and will write on what I find. I’ll buy your new book also when it’s released. Because you see, it’s only fair now that I have been bashing you that I read both. Otherwise I’m just full of shit.

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