We are living through the largest psychological experiment in history. For often hours each day, billions of us bury ourselves in devices designed to manipulate our emotions and attention. Changing the human mind to be more compulsive and addicted is simply good business for many tech companies, but it may be having a profound effect on our mental health. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” asked a cover story in The Atlantic, citing skyrocketing rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide among young smartphone users.
And yet— what does the research really say about how tech use affects our happiness? Is the modern “techlash” too pessimistic? Is tech just the latest punching bag for age-old issues like addiction and depression? How are smartphones changing the way we focus, socialize, and experience emotion? Can phones actually help us lead happier, more meaningful lives? Join us as we discuss the ways the little devices in our pockets are having a big effect on our minds.
Featuring University of Washington professors at the iSchool, David Levy and Alexis Hiniker, and Seattle University professor, Joshua Johnston. Moderated by University of Washington professor, Paul Franco. Presented in partnership with the iSchool.
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- February 12, 2020
- The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. Scholars, experts, artists, or activists from a variety of disciplines participate in a moderated discussion, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. Events are held periodically throughout the year in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Yakima.