Monday, September 24

Watch the TED Talk below. Most of us are using some kind of social media, all of us are using new technology, and all of those things are competing for your attention. And they’re not just hoping you choose their platform, the companies are spending billions of dollars to hook you and keep you using their product.

Whether it’s Facebook, Youtube, Netflix or some other app or website, you are being influenced by the design and information these things are putting in front of you.

If you don’t think your decision making is affected by the design these technologies use, you are wrong.

Tristan Harris worked at the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University (yes, there are scientists studying exactly how to persuade us to do what they want) and his TED talk explains how these companies use design to influence our time and decision making.

It’s not that these things are inherently bad, but you do need to know what is happening so you can at least try to fight against it. From Youtube autoplay to Snapchat Snap Streaks, these companies are fighting for screen time and your attention.

As adults that may not have grown up with these things, it may be easier to resist. But the next generation is up for a serious fight. We need to arm ourselves with information so we can attempt to make the best decisions for our real lives, not the virtual ones that are so easy to get caught up in.

Workout for Monday, September 24
Clean Complex
Every 3 min for 15 min
1 Squat Clean + 4 Front Squats
*Build Up in Weight

10 min AMRAP
4 Strict Pull Ups
8 Push Ups
12 DB Snatches Alternating Arms (50/35)

CrossFit 616