“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.”— Unknown.
The human brain is undoubtedly one of the human body’s most amazing organs, as is universally acknowledged. The three-pound mass has a large number of neurons and uses 20% of the body’s energy. The control center of the body is the human brain. It is what enables all of the daily activities to be performed.
But it’s not flawless. It has the potential to experience tech stress, especially now that everything is connected via technology and the internet.
When utilizing technology, we frequently have an optimistic perspective on all the benefits it provides. But we’d want to illustrate here how it might work the other way round.
Although it is true that technology has spurred a lot of positive advancement, it is also taking over your thoughts. The detrimental psychological effect of implementing new technologies at work is known as tech stress or technostress.
Where does technology take advantage of the flaws in human minds?
American technical ethicist Tristan Harris has recently been researching how technology is hijacking your mind to get more money. Harris has been employed by Google for the past three years as a design ethicist. There, he has been concentrating on how to create technology in ways to prevent tech from hijacking your mind.
Tristan Harris eventually came to see this as similar to a magician’s act. Magicians begin by searching for people’s perception’s blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities, and boundaries in order to have an undetectable impact over their actions. When you learn how to manipulate others, you can play them like a piano.
This is exactly what product designers do. In the struggle for your attention, they use your psychological weaknesses — both deliberately and unconsciously — against you.
In this article, we will show you the ways how technology is hijacking your mind.