Psychology of Technology

Psychology of Technology

Is Technology the New Opiate of the Masses?

Karl Marx famously called religion the “opiate of the masses.” Well, to paraphrase Reggie Hammond, Eddie Murphy’s character in the film 48 Hours, “There’s a new opiate in town and its...

Psychology of Technology: Bad Decision Making 2.0

There has been some egregiously bad decision making in the news lately, highlighted by the revelations around now-former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s ongoing sexually explicit Twitter conversations and photo sharing with six...

The Psychology of Technology: Is Technology Stealing Our (Self) Identities?

Is Technology Stealing Our (Self) Identities? Our self-identities, that is, how we define and see ourselves as unique individuals, play a vital role in who we are and the direction that our...

Psychology of Technology: Generation Tech: Where are the Parents?

The march of technology is inevitable and inexorable. We can’t stop it or even slow it down and we definitely can’t reverse it (nor should we want to). As I have...

Be Focused, Be Happy

Recent research that has been making the media rounds lately has reported that when people are focused on a task they indicate that they are happier than when their mind wanders....

Marky Z and Facebook: Growing Up and Aiming High

Facebook founder and CEO, baby-faced billionaire, and unintended star of a hit (don't miss the double meaning) film Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that it will soon be offering a new...

Psychology of Technology: Alone in a Crowd, High-tech Style

The next time you're walking down the street, at the gym, in an elevator, out for a run, or even at your local coffee shop, look at the people around you...

Psychology of Technology: In Praise of the Blog "Commentariat"

Some time ago, I wrote a post titled The Blogosphere Jungle in which I described the truly uncivil nature of the blogosphere in which respect for opposing views and dispassionate...

Psychology of Technology: Is Technology Making Us Idiots?

In his insightful 2008 article in the Atlantic, Nicolas Carr asks, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" He goes on to explore how new technology has altered our reading habits and,...

Psychology of Technology: The Law of Unintended Consequences

I've been called a skeptic, an alarmist, and a doomsayer because the focus of most of my technology blogging is on the risks of and what's wrong with technology. I...