Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction - an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone, and millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans.

In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible. Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe, their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist.

By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good - to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play - and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children.

©2017 Adam Alter (P)2017 Penguin Audio

More from the same

What listeners say about Irresistible

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    59
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Ok but lacking resolution.

Great at pointing-out issues with tech dependency. Not great at offering useful solutions. Feels Empty.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Liked the Message

I loved the book overall, but I’m giving it 4 stars as I wanted a bit more science behind the points the author raised

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Well worth it

Great book and provides some really interesting and valuable insight in to tech and how it’s become part of our everyday lives.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must listen/read for everyone.

Besides how lovely it is to be read to by its Australian author, this book was engaging from start to finish. The many real life examples used to convey the nuance of today’s addictions and how they manifest were eye opening. In our rapidly changing and controversial world of social media, tech advances, and emerging virtual realities it’s refreshing to receive this well written and executed collection of objective research to gain knowledge and perspective.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Everyone with a smart phone should read this.

I wanted to read this book to help my two teens build screen boundaries. We all read this book and came away with a strategy and motivation to cut back on the tech. Good info throughout, but the little real life supporting stories in it is what made it tough to put this book down. Very well written.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Book and Narrating

The book alone was extremely interesting but the author reading it gave it a totally more relatable feeling.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Check Yourself!

Great listen. It forces you to dig deep and challenge your own addictions and vices.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

wow

there is no knowledge that is not power. this book opened a whole new way of thinking to me.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Natalie A. Schaffer
  • 2017-04-27

Disturbing

The author does an incredible job piecing together anecdotal evidence, clinical presentations and research to provide a convincingly disturbing analysis of the dangers parents (I am a father of 6) unwittingly expose their children to. A MUST READ for every parent of children under the age of 21! For that matter it is also a cautionary tale for adults since smart phones are ubiquitous in western society and most adults polled say that they "can't live without" one.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • axel
  • 2018-10-03

Anyone with kids

Anyone with kids today should read this book. Analyze yourself your kids and your future.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Emily Lang
  • 2019-11-15

Good start with no direction

the idea is good but ultimately the author doesn't really make an argument. and if his original plan is to state how media is addiction he doesn't really stick to it.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kristi
  • 2020-06-18

great book

very informative, ans has given me a different plan for my children and myself. will rec come

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-21

I'm addicted!

I enjoyed listening to the book better than reading it. The way the narrator read the book kept me engaged and wanting to hear more. The book is very interesting and well written. Love it.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-15

A Must Listen

To those who know the addictive power of screens, listen here and learn exactly why they are that way. Adam Alter uses a vast amount of examples and puts in brilliant words why we succumb to these addictive behaviors and how we can better use them. Great content.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • K
  • 2018-12-01

Thought-provoking

Very interesting book that illuminates the dark side of technology. As I listened, I thought about how I use technology and some ways I should change my approach. Although I initially borrowed this audiobook from Scribd, I've since purchased it so I can listen again. Highly recommended.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hayden Hildreth
  • 2018-09-12

Thought provoking.

I didn't enjoy the narrator but the story was very interesting and sparked some conflict with my technology use.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick C Keenan
  • 2017-10-12

Lives up to all the praise from podcast hosts

Adam Schafer her from mindpump media podcast has been raving about this book for months. I am so happy I took his advice and purchased the book. It completely lives up to all the shining accolades Adam gave it.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-24

Life Changing

Eye opening. Modern life is a series of digital addictions and then you die. Unless you take this topic seriously!