Silicon Valley Employees Warn About Tech Addiction

Silicon Valley Employees Warn About Tech Addiction

Former employees at companies like Google and Facebook are raising a point that technology companies should rethink and redesign their addictive products. The organization called Humane Technology warn against excessive technology use.

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Former employees at companies like Google and Facebook are raising a point that technology companies should rethink and redesign their addictive products.

Former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris, and former Facebook employees Justin Rosenstein and Dave Morin are among the participants in the organization called Humane Technology. It is reportedly co-working with the non-profit organization Common Sense, as reported by CNN Tech. The collaborative partner of Humane Technology, Common Sense, calls for changes when it comes to children’s`use of technology in the digital age.

“We are not anti-tech. We are into the appropriate and balanced use of technology. We are calling out the industry for their excesses and their intentional effects to manipulate and addict.”, commented the CEO and founder of Common Sense, James P. Steyer who talked to CNN Tech.

The joint venture between the two organizations is a campaign under the name “Truth About Tech”. The project wants to reach to the tech community and educate tech workers on how to better design products for humanity, as the American media wrote in their report.

Projects like this one come due to concerns that companies prioritize profits over people and design their products to keep us glued to technology as long as possible. This is done to earn money from advertisements. The problem lies in the fact that excessive technology use can make teens unhappy, according to a survey quoted by CNN Tech.

The Truth about Tech campaign has reportedly received $7 million funding from Common Sense and money raised from the Center for Humane Technology.

The organizations discussed their project on a conference that took place on February 7, as they stated on the project`s website.

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