Two from Monday’s WSJ.
1. David Benoit in a front-page story on Apple writes,
A leading activist investor and a pension fund are saying the smartphone maker needs to respond to what some see as a growing public-health crisis of youth phone addiction.
In the face of pressure brought by a growing roster of Facebook investors and former executives, many of whom have publicly stated that Facebook is both psychologically addictive and harmful to democracy, the Facebook founder and chief executive has pledged to “fix” Facebook by doing several things, including “making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.”
For a while, the term “gamify” was big in educational technology. The thinking was (and perhaps still is) that if you turn learning into a game, you can improve educational outcomes.
With social media, we have gamified social interaction. When people share, they look for rewards in the form of positive responses.
I am not a fan of this gamification, in either setting.