last night 60 minutes did a story about how apps use cognitive science to literally make social media more addicting so youll spend more time in the app. which i think is a given but it’s always jarring to hear specific examples. like how twitter notifications always take a second longer than you expect to pop up. or how instagram sometimes holds off showing your notifications until it comes in a big rush. theres just a lot of little design tweaks meant to manipulate your hormones. you can track near constant rises in cortisol levels related to wanting to check notifications. i wonder if a reason fb and twitter stopped doing feeds in chronological order is in part so that you dont know when to stop scrolling? i find it so interesting. i feel like a luddite sometimes but it’s only cause i personally feel addicted and manipulated. i worry about having kids one day and theyll have phones with them all the time. i cant see how that wouldnt mess with a developing brain.