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A Silicon Valley league assembles to fight tech addictionThe Center for Humane Technology is a new alliance lobbying for change in the design of social media and gadgets to help with tech addiction.
Is technology dangerous? Well, some former Google and Facebook employs think so and they are now on a mission to save the world from the tech addiction monster they helped create. This new alliance is called the Center for Human technology, it is made up from former silicon con valley investors and employees. The goal is to lobby tech companies to not purposefully manipulate our lizard brains to keep clicking to the next video, the next link, get another like, scroll through someone else's perfect Instagram life segmenting us into fragmented echo chambers. Sucking our attention and affecting our behaviors as a society. Co-founder Tristan Harris spoke about it on CBS This Morning. When we talk about addiction, we tend to think, this is just happening by accident culturally, like what are the kids doing these days? And what we miss is, and I know about it, the truth behind the screen, the truth about what's happening on the other side of the screeen, is that this is happening by design. There's a whole bunch of techniques that are deliberately used to keep the auto play watching on YouTube, to keep you watching the next video, or streaks in SnapChat to keep kids hooked, so they feel like they have to keep this streak going. And all parents know about this. So we have to raise a public conversation. The group has a few ideas on how to change the world. First, get Apple, Samsung and Microsoft to make gadgets that help minimize screen time to protect us from constant distractions. Second, Lobby the government to create more protections for consumers. And on top of that, it is launching an ad campaign, called The Truth About Tech, which is targeting 55,000 public schools in the U.S. The coalition is not the first to speak up about the problems of social media. During a recent speech at a recent campus, one former Facebook vice president, said the network is eroding the core foundations of how people behave. And one of Facebook's founders Sean Parker, he spoke about the way Facebook is designed to exploit us. Saying "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains. And in January Apple investors have called upon the Iphone maker to do more to protect children from being addicted to devices. Facebook did address the concern in a blog post. Promising to look more into the issue. But groups like the coalition wants to keep the conversation going beyond just clicking a thumbs up on a new speed post. I'm Bridget Carey, you can read more about the coalition on cnet.com and be sure to chime in on the comments to share your thoughts on tech addiction. And if you're doing anything to change your habits.