Facebook News Feed: Design and “dark UX” are turning us into sleep-deprived internet addicts — Quartz

This is like the idea that most of us like cakes. When we open a refrigerator door multiple times and see the same cake, we will not be as motivated to eat like if we opened the refrigerator door multiple times, and each time see a different cake (i.e., be exposed to a variable reward)….The objective of introducing better “reward management” abilities was to ensure users spend more time on Facebook as the rewards they are exposed to after the new abilities were implemented are presumed to be larger than bef

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Is the Stuff You Buy Over 20 Years Worth 40,000 Hours of Time? – The New York Times

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Be your own therapist? Fine – if you’re up to the job | Mark Brown | Opinion | The Guardian

A meta-analysis of 15 studies, contrasting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered by a therapist with CBT delivered through self-help activities, found no difference in treatment completion rate and broad equivalence of treatment outcomes between both groups.

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Newspaper claims ‘video games distort perception’ – Health News – NHS Choices

There is little clear evidence on video games

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Frustration vs. Video Game Violence in Real-Life Aggression | The Psychology of Video Games

We’re going to be doing a TV feature loosely around this.

Does violent content in video games cause violence in real-life? Or might something more mundane like frustration over controls and difficulty offer an alternative explanation?

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