Over the years we have developed an addiction to our smartphones,
social media or other digital connected devices such as debit cards and GPS. People who work for companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have admitted their aim is to engineer the technology and operating systems to be as addictive as possible(6). Even though we have grown awareness of the different ways technology and digital tools can affect us in a negative way, we still have a strong trust in them and feel naked without them. We don’t hesitate to press yes when our smartphone asks us if we agree to let the operating system track us and see where we are, to make it easier to find the closest options for what we looking for. And although we know we should not be on Instagram, we can’t help ourselves to update our Instagram stories, tag where we have been or tell about our latest purchase. But even without making a conscious choice, our smartphone GPS already does the work for us and tracks every step we take, from stores and restaurants we visit, to where we travel.
What will happen when the daily tools such as our phones, debit cards and other digital devices on which we have become dependent turn against us and become our closest enemy and the biggest whistleblower of our personal data? Will we have to play by the rules or will we be able to untangle ourselves from our addiction?