Tech Talk: Taking Control of Your Smartphone Usage

Written by Brian Wesolowski

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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud iTunes, and Google Play.

This week’s episode is all about life in the attention economy. It’s a place where information overload and digital dependence makes your attention a valuable commodity. When tech is designed to draw us in, is it possible to disengage and just live life?

We’ll hear about new research on the topic from Nick Fitz, recently a senior researcher at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. With the average person receiving between 65-80 notifications on their phone each day, what’s the best way to manage them and stay sane? 

Then we talk with the developer of an app aimed at making you more aware of your smartphone usage. Kevin Holesh is the designer of Moment, an app that allows you to track just how much time you and your family members spend on their phones.

After listening, you’ll definitely be a bit more conscience of how much you use your phone!

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