Gaming and screen addiction are destroying lives in the same way as the most potent drugs. Many of the apps and programs we use every day are designed with the psychology of gaming and gambling in mind, designed to form habits and addict people to more screen time. We go to an internet addiction rehab and talk with some of the technologists pushing back on this kind of thinking, to understand how they see technology getting out of control.
In an AJ+ documentary series, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin investigates facial recognition at the border, meets men struggling with addiction at a gaming rehab, looks into the harassment women face online, interviews current and former Facebook employees and travels to a Macedonian Fake News farms. When big tech breaks things and asks questions later, it affects everyone. AJ+ looked into what’s broken and how to fix it.