I recently wrote an article in MercatorNet about ways you can take back your time by taking control of your technology. This starts by recognizing that our smart phones and the apps that we seemingly can’t live without are designed to hook us. The goal is to get us to stay on the app for as long as possible. The longer you are on the app, the more likely you are to see an advertisement and the more information you give to companies like Facebook and Google who sell your information.

Our laptops, cell phones, and the apps that they house can either be tools or treats. They can either serve us or we can serve them.