Design Ethicist Tristan Harris on How to Fight Back Against Your Smartphone

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A road sign warning against pedestrians focusing on their smartphones is pictured on February 2, 2016 near the old town in Stockholm, Sweden.. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read ) (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

If you compulsively refresh your news feeds, check your Facebook likes or maintain Snapstreaks, it's probably not your fault. According to design ethicist Tristan Harris, today’s smartphones and apps are deliberately designed to interrupt your thoughts, redirect your attention and keep you scrolling for as long as possible. Harris joins Forum to talk about how a handful of tech companies are steering the thoughts of billions, and how consumers can liberate themselves from their phones.

Tristan Harris,
design thinker; co-founder, Time Well Spent