Developers are doing everything they can to make us, as users, sink into the web. We regularly underestimate how long we spend on social networks and leave behind a myriad of digital footprints that tech companies love to use to get richer.
Online platforms as well as computer games have abolished any natural end; conversely, our daily lives are increasingly fragmented by the permanent digital interruptions.
As a psychologist, Christian Montag discusses the question of which personality traits are associated with problematic or addiction-like user behavior. He discusses the latest developments such as the "Internet of Things" or the use of apps, digital platforms and AI in psychology and medicine without bias.
He also takes a detailed look at particularly urgent current topics such as "filter bubbles" and "fake news", which are closely linked to the data business model of the tech giants. His suggestions on how we can digitally preserve our autonomy are as new as they are practical.
Prof. Dr. Christian Montag teaches at the University of Ulm and at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu. His research focuses on the biological foundations of personality and the field of psychoinformatics.
In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg.
The psychological strategies of Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat & Co.
Geist Heidelberg Lecture
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