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Issue 07: On Multi-Tasking, PIP and Analog Books
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Issue 07: To Multitask or Not 


How many screens do you have on near you, right now? On this week of The Slow Scroll, we're looking into manipulation, multitasking, and analog book recommendations. Read on for more!

WATCH: This is How You're Being Manipulated

If you subscribe to this newsletter, you already know that tech companies intentionally manipulate us. But awareness is key for real action—which is why we're recommending watching every second of this recent speech by Tristan Harris to the Senate on 'Persuasive Technology and Optimizing for Engagement'.

Some interesting highlights: due to advancements in AI, without any of your data, a computer can calculate that you’re homosexual before you might know you’re homosexual and Google claimed that they don't use persuasive technology.

To read the full transcript and testimony, check it out here

And Now, Multitasking is Easier Than Ever...

We've come a long way since 2012 when multi-tasking used to mean multiple screens next to each other, not pictures within pictures.

Now, the latest software updates for iPads make multitasking easier than ever, with split-screen functionality. Netflix is now testing picture-in-picture (PIP) to allow users to "watch" content while also using other applications. 

All of this seems to be in response to user demand—but are these new designs just another demonstration of 'asymmetric power'? After all, is multitasking helpful, or is just making Gen Z anxious? A recent study shows that multitasking may just make us more likely to pay attention to distractions— and this lack of self-control can even cause weight gain.

IRL Prompt: Read an Analog Book

One of the best things about reading an analog book, in our humble opinion, is that it forces complete concentration—you can't toggle between tabs or be bothered by a notification in the middle of reading. 

To commemorate summer reading, check out this list of 20 essay collections (to help ease your attention span back into reading). 

If you need some help on how to train your brain, here are some helpful tips, like reading aloud or starting a book club. 

Why ‘The Slow Scroll’?


Social Isolation is Killing Us. Tech companies are failing us. And we’re all hopelessly addicted to our screens.

Living IRL has never been more important.

That’s why we created The Slow Scroll, a weekly newsletter by IRL Labs, sent directly to your inbox (oh the irony). The Slow Scroll curates the latest and most inspiring content and resources, empowering readers to untether and live slowly.
Send this to a friend who needs to slow down. Then grab a cup of coffee with them.

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