Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

  • 8h 17m 5s
  • Adam Alter
  • Random House
  • 2017

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction - an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone, and millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans.

In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible. Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe, their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Rise of Behavioral Addiction
  • 2. The Addict in All of Us
  • 3. The Biology of Behavioral Addiction
  • 4. Goals
  • 5. Feedback
  • 6. Progress
  • 7. Escalation
  • 8. Cliffhangers
  • 9. Social Interaction
  • 10. Nipping Addictions at Birth
  • 11. Habits and Architecture
  • 12. Gamification