Facing criticism over the grip it has on our lives, Silicon Valley has developed the idea of ‘digital wellbeing’. I don’t buy it
Do you find it hard to relax and switch off because you spend so much time on your phone? You just need to download another app. The popular New Zealand station Sleep Radio, which plays ambient music to help its listeners doze off, is now available on smartphones, to help people who use their devices late at night. Listeners have been tuning in from around the world. Meanwhile, Apple has announced a suite of new tools for the next iPhone operating system that allow you to set time limits on how much you use particular apps, and quieten the flood of notifications.
The promise that new functions in these machines will help us break our addictions might seem cynical