• Regular: $20.00

    Sale: $14.00 (30% Off)

    Club: $10.00

Details

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

Author: Adam Alter

Narrator: Adam Alter

Unabridged: 8 hr

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Published: 03/07/2017

Genre: Social Science - Media Studies

Synopsis

“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

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.
 
By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good—to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play—and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children.

Adam Alter's previous book, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave is available in paperback from Penguin.

Recommended

Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants
by James Wolcott

<i>Vanity Fair&#8217;</i>s famously acerbic cultural critic takes on the so-called news establishment&mdash;and dismembers the &#8220;news eunuchs&#8221; limb by limb. A hilarious work of fiendish wit and scathing relevan...

Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Published: 04/15/2007

Top of the Morning
by Brian Stelter

Like Bill Carter chronicling the late night wars in his classic The Late Shift, star New York Times reporter Brian Stelter reveals all the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning television in his much-anticipated...TOP...

Narrator: Brian Stelter
Published: 04/23/2013

Reclaiming Conversation
by Sherry Turkle

SHERRY TURKLE has spent the last 30 years studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. A licensed clinical psychol...

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Published: 10/06/2015

The End of Big
by Nicco Mele

Radical connectivity&mdash;our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally&mdash;is altering the exercise of power with dramatic speed and reshaping our biggest institutions. Governments, corporations, centers of knowledge, and ex...

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Published: 04/23/2013

Give Me a Break
by John Stossel

Ballooning government? Millionaire welfare queens? Tort lawyers run amok? A $330,000 outhouse, paid for with your tax dollars? John Stossel says, "Give me a break."When he hit the airwaves thirty years ago, Stossel chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off...

Narrator: John Stossel
Published: 09/30/2005

My Turn at the Bully Pulpit
by Greta Van Susteren

Welcome to the bully pulpit where opinions fly but common sense rules. Here’s where you’ll find straight talk about the most pressing issues of the day, all delivered in the trademark commonsense style of one of America’s most popu...

Narrator: Greta Van Susteren
Published: 08/26/2003

The Revolution Was Televised
by Alan Sepinwall

Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to 20 years, first as an online reviewer of NYPD Blue, then as a TV critic for The Star-Ledger (Tony Soprano's hometown paper), now as author of the popular blog What's Alan Watching? on Hit...

Narrator: Joe Ochman
Published: 05/21/2013

The Media
by Neal Cortell

Veteran television reporter Neal Cortell tackles the subject of in The Media, Journalism in Crisis. With the help of renowned journalists, academics, regulators, and activists, The Media discusses the state of news that America awoke to each day inc...

Narrator: Morton Dean
Published: 03/15/2010

Everything Bad is Good for You
by Steven Johnson

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before: through the lens of intelligence.Forget everything you’ve ever read about t...

Narrator: Jason Culp
Published: 05/02/2006
{"id":"1592033","ean":"9781524736156","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked","subtitle":"The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked","author":"Adam Alter","rating_average":"0.00","narrator":"Adam Alter","ubr_id":"1592033","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"20.00","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"13.00","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Adam Alter","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 8 hr","abr_length":"Abridged: "}