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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction


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Digital addiction is definitely a thing.

The study supports a growing body of research that classifies reliance on mobile phones as digital addiction.

Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Debate has raged about whether digital addiction is a real affliction or something akin to a strong habit. As the evidence has accumulated, however, doctors and psychiatrists are increasingly confident classifying our digital devices as addictive, not unlike cigarettes or gambling.

Now economists are weighing in. This June, a team of economists from Harvard, Stanford, and New York universities released a white paper entitled, simply, "Digital Addiction" that used economic methods, such as small payments, to analyze people's "digital self-control problems."

From Quartz
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