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The fault lies not in our tech

Your Happiness Was Hacked is an interesting look into the way technology has overtaken our lives, but it takes its premise too far

The spate of articles and books bashing social media has increased manifold in the recent past. We are repeatedly told that what was meant to connect and bring us closer is making us dumber, pushing us to do things both stupid (spending hours going down online rabbit holes) and criminal (indulging in violence in response to spurious posts). Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever, both early adopters of technology, bring a wealth of facts and data to this thesis in their new book. After examining nearly every major field, from love to work, that technology has upended, they diagnose that the ...