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Why our screens make us less happy - Adam Alter

The seamlessness of switching between your work computer, home laptop and cellphone can be really convenient. Perhaps too convenient.

TED Talk: Why Our Screens Make Us Less Happy

He addresses a looming and popular topic, as we are surrounded by screens constantly. Throughout his talk, Adam uses tools such as appeal to logic or emotion, structure, and tone to clearly communicate his point of view and information. He suggests solutions and brings evidence, as well, to support his argument. How does he use all these tools to communicate his ideas? The way these tools are utilized influences how the talk comes across to the audience.

According to Professor Alter, we all work longer hours each year and many of us apparently, spend an average of three hours on our smartphones — every day. Miraculous and wonderful as technology is, Professor Alter explains that since , the approximately three hours we then dedicated to personal time, or downtime, including time we spend with family and friends, has dropped to almost nothing — a mere blip on the screen, so to speak. We limit how much technology our kids use at home. Instead of chatting, they are independently glued to small screens, even as they raise their soup spoons! With most media today, unlike a newspaper or magazine, there are no stopping cues. The news just rolls on forever.

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Thanks Visvanath- that was really interesting. I hadn't heard about "Stopping cues" before and I totally 'get it'. Yes - not having heard the term before, I was uncertain about cues or queues until I saw it on his screen. It was good to see that "Education" was one of the apps that make people happy when they use their screens. As does an invitation to physically socialize. I think this shows that Moodle can be used very effectively in a "blended" environment.


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  2. Torsten K. says:

    Adam Alter's academic research focuses on judgment, decision-making and social psychology, with a particular interest in the sometimes surprising effects of subtle cues in the environment on human cognition and behavior.

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