We’ve alien technology to every aspect of our lives to advance it, but sometimes it feels like it’s doing the exact opposite.

We’re consistently being bombarded with work emails, funny cat videos and loud app notifications. It’s almost like we’re no longer in ascendancy and that we just react to whatever technology tells us to do. However, there’s a way to put technology back in its place, says Nir Eyal who spoke at the TNW Conference in Amsterdam. Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products where he wrote how acknowledged companies subtly animate chump behavior.

In his talk in Amsterdam, however, he showed how we could turn these methods around to make technology work for us, instead of us alive for it.

When did 9 to 5 become 24/7?

For Eyal, the problems that we have with technology can be abbreviated in two words: annex and distraction. Abstruse annex can take many forms, sometimes as real addiction, but there’s a more common type that most of us are apparently accustomed with.

Many people tell me that they want to use technology less, but that their abode doesn’t let them disconnect. It’s not necessarily an addiction, because if they won the action they’d stop using those technologies, because they wouldn’t need to go back to work. But what they tell me is that they can’t stop alive because their bosses, their clients, and their colleagues keep them tethered to technology all day and all night.

Eyal wanted to know who or what was amenable for our shift appear a 24/7 workday. It would be easy to blame technology, as it enables us to be consistently connected, but it’s absolutely a lot simpler.

The reason is abode culture, and the good news is that we can change it. Eyal referred to the work of Leslie A. Perlow, a assistant at Harvard Business School who worked with Boston Consulting Group — a aggregation known for it’s connected connectedness — on accepting staff associates to absolutely abstract one black a week.

webrokThe after-effects were clear, staff morale and business after-effects bigger appreciably — finer antibacterial the myth that disconnecting would be bad for business. For Eyal, Perlow’s conceivably greatest analysis was that administration played a very important role in accepting people to disconnect.

Culture is like water, it flows down through the organization. People consistently look to aggregation administration for the acclimatized amount of technology to use. What this means is that if you’re in aggregation leadership, it allowances you to advance aggregation aftereffect by ambience time for advisers to disconnect.

Slack is a great archetype of that, admitting being the artefact that most people accessory with being consistently tethered to technology. But according to Eyal, the aggregation ability is that “you work hard and you go home”.

CEO Stewart Butterfield wants this bulletin to charge throughout the aggregation — that it’s a aggregation taboo to bother people off hours — and that’s why it’s absolutely accounting on the walls of the company’s headquarters.

Eyal’s bulletin is that it’s not technology that’s the problem, it’s the work ability around technology. Fortunately, aggregation leaders and staff can change how they access and advance technology — and that’s what we can also accomplish in our claimed lives.

Adapt and adopt

Technological aberration is article everybody is accustomed with. Watching YouTube videos, scrolling Reddit and going through the Facebook newsfeed isn’t imposed on us — it’s just fun. However, it’s hard to break the cycle and it can make you feel as technology is arrest your abundance and even making you miss out on life experiences.

It’s not really hasty that it’s difficult not to get distracted, because there’s a reason why these distractions are so fun.

In his book, Eyal explained which techniques tech companies use to make their articles as adorable as accessible — so it’s absolutely not our fault that we can’t tear ourselves away, but it is our responsibility.

webrokWe can’t shift the blame to the tech companies just because we like their articles so much. Eyal compares it do going into a bakery to accuse that their pastries are too delicious, just because you’re on a diet.

We live in a world where things are accepting consistently more better and more distracting, and sometimes more and more adorable — how do you live in such a world? Well, we’ll do the exact same thing that human beings have done whenever there’s a new abstruse change. We will adapt our behaviors and we will adopt new abstruse solutions.

When we ascertain a new technology, we also ascertain the problems that come with it. With cars came car accidents, but we’ve made them exponentially safer than they were in the beginning. We’ve acclimatized our behavior by using seat belts, and we adopted new technologies like airbags, sensors and aggregate else that makes active today safer than ever before.

The best way to tackle the botheration of abstruse aberration is employing the exact same methods, according to Eyal. For example, we can fight the annoying addiction of people accepting their smartphones out in the middle of a chat by adapting our behavior.

Eyal believes we can use the same method for smartphones as we used for cigarettes, change when it’s advised to be socially acceptable. Back in the day, every domiciliary had to have ashtrays so that guests could smoke, but that’s no longer the case.

Today I’d never let addition smoke in my living room. If you want to smoke, go outside. We could do the same exact thing with our technology. The next time a person gets on their phone during a dinner party, there’s a simple way that you can get them back to the conversation. All you have to do is ask them a question: ‘Hey, is aggregate OK?’

Either you’ll ascertain that there’s absolutely an emergency or you’ll make people apprehend what they’re  doing so they’ll put the phone away and rejoin the conversation. It’s not only social norms that we need to change, however, we also need to fix how we use technology by ourselves.

What we can do is change our notification settings, stop bringing our smartphones in bed with us, and use accessible technology to avoid the things that make us hooked – such as DF YouTube and New Feed Eradicator for Facebook. There are tons of solutions out there, we just have to adapt to them.

Eyal says that the worst thing we can do is to accept that technology is somehow hijacking our brains and that we’re blank adjoin it. That’s simply not true. There’s annihilation inherently wrong or confusing about technology, we just need to adjust it to fit our needs. We can’t go back to when things were simpler, but we sure can put technology back in it’s place.