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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 audiobook, 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

What the critics say

Irresistible is a fascinating and much needed exploration of one of the most troubling phenomena of modern times.” (Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times best-sellers David and Goliath and Outliers)

“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take)

“If you can't stop checking, clicking, surfing and liking, put your device down and read Adam Alter's Irresistible, an important, groundbreaking book about why we're addicted to technology, how we got here, and what we should do next.” (Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution and Thrive)

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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

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Ok but lacking resolution.

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

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Im glad I do not have facebook and social media

People do not even know they are already addicted to screens. Truly eye opening information.

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addiction, with all its variables

an engrossing listen.. SEX, EXERCISE, LOVE, shopping, social media.. all dopamine factories, and we are simply human, designed to succumb.. or are we?

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A worrying look in the mirror...

If you like incentives to change your behaviour and those of your children, this is the book to do it...

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almost.. addictive

Adam Alter makes me wonder if he used the same addictive tendencies of the human mind to captivate readers for this book. After obtaining a copy, I was able to finish it in under a week. It describes the methods of addiction and the function of the human mind that allows for it to happen, along with the technology and marketing that enables it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fantastic Book and Narrating

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

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  • Alex Gertner
  • 2020-09-05

Not scientifically sound

I'm an addiction researcher. I thought I'd listen to this to learn more tech companies' efforts to keep people using their products. There's a little bit of that in the book but nothing that's not already fairly evident and well known. The bigger problem is the imprecise discussing of many concepts in addiction. There's a lot in this book that is poorly explained and misleading. A lay reader wouldn't know they're getting a very cartoonish picture of addiction. For a nuanced, critical and accessible book on addiction, see Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz. This book was a disappointment.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • axel
  • 2018-10-03

Anyone with kids

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

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  • 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.

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  • Aaron D. Geis
  • 2020-08-26

A topic reduced to unsubstantiated conclusions.

I love the topic of this book's subtitle and have consumed a countless number of hours on the subject. However, this book falls short in its finger pointing, generalizations, and lack of sufficient research. Often the thoughts in this book are so opinionated that the ideas being expressed on utterly without merit. I wouldn't even recommend this book to someone as an introduction to the topic of addictive technology. Save yourself some time and watch one hour worth of content from Jaron Lanier on YouTube and you will walk away with far more knowledge along with a better factual assessment of this phenomenon. If you wish to learn more about solutions that can be immediately be acted on I would suggest studying Cal Newport's school of thought on this topic.

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  • Kristi
  • 2020-06-18

great book

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-02

Everyone should listen to this

The author is very careful to explain how digital medias keeps us hooked.
The book includes a lot of stories which are well narrated and contains just enough scientific facts.
On the other hand I really enjoyed that the author explains not all medias are bad, and how we can use digital addictions in a good way.
I think every adult should listen to this, because weather you want it or not, you will face behavioral addictions related to technology in your life.

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