Do you feel like you have no control over the time you spend on
your cell phone?
In this episode of The Darin Olien Show, I chat with Gaia Bernstein
about why that’s the case for so many of us. While it may feel like
it, it’s not your fault if you’re addicted to social media. This is
because there are experts in human psychology and behavior working
for these social media giants who are doing everything in their
power to keep you coming back for more.
But what most of us don’t realize is they’re also great at giving
us the illusion that it’s our fault that we can’t stop picking up
our phones to scroll through social media. They give us screen time
monitoring tools, the ability to turn off notifications, and more
tools of this sort to make us feel like we have some type of
control over how we use our phones. And when we fail at staying off
the platforms, we blame ourselves.
We also chat about the impact our screen time has on our
relationships, our mental health, and our sense of connection with
Gaia Bernstein is the Technology, Privacy, and Policy Professor of
Law, Co-Director of theInstitute for
and Co-Director of theGibbons
Institute of Law Science and Technology.
Professor Bernstein specializes in law and technology, information
privacy, health privacy, intellectual property, law and genetics,
and reproductive technologies. She is also the founding director of
the Institute for Privacy Protection. She created and spearheaded
the Institute’s nationally recognized Outreach Program, which
educated parents and students about technology overuse and
What we discuss:
01:43: How technology, law, and health came together for
06:41: How is personal connection impacted by
08:10: Where is the line between the good and bad of
10:53: How can we gain our power back again?
15:16: Data and privacy; what are we giving up?
18:28: Where did we go wrong with technology?
19:42: What’s the harm of these technologies?
24:22: How can we get control back over technology?
28:03: What can we do to empower ourselves and the
34:08: How can we balance the dangers of technology?
42:07: Is technology making us less smart?
43:22: How would Gaia implement measures around
51:09: Is Gaia optimistic about the future legal implications
55:58: Where to learn more about Gaia and unwiring yourself from
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