Our Degree of Immersion Online Impacts Our Ability to be a Dad
How much tech time is too much tech time for a Dad?
The general rule of thumb through which I measure this is by the degree of immersion.
Some technology is a flat-out grind.
It’s designed to draw in, keep and convert its prey.
Tech is Designed this Way
To be fair, all this is done to incite repeat customs.
There’s nothing inherently unethical about this since designers operate on the idea that the onus of user responsibility rests with the individual.
There’s also no denying that we live in a technological society.
The user pays, and accepts full personal responsibility for how they use the technology.
Social Media companies, political parties, and an array of video game developers look to behavioural science with the aim of achieving loyalty to their platform.
By “pushing our buttons”, they entice us to push the buttons they want pushed.
An analysis from Harvard University states, ‘platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram leverage the very same neural circuitry used by slot machines and cocaine to keep us using their products as much as possible.’
‘There is no doubt that smartphones provide immense benefit to society, but their cost is becoming more and more apparent.’
‘Studies,’ they argue, ‘are beginning to show links between smartphone usage and increased levels of anxiety and depression, poor sleep quality, and increased risk of car injury or death.’
According to Harvard, Big Tech, are in an ‘arms race for your attention and time.’
The winner, they state, will be those ‘who best use their product to exploit the features of the brain’s reward systems.’
“The house always wins.”
Knowing that there’s a deliberate (mostly) benign manipulation behind technology inoculates us against complete immersion in it.
Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.
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