It’s hard to be a moral person. Technology is making it harder. - Deepstash
The Podcasting Ecosystem

Learn more about technologyandthefuture with this collection

The importance of networking in podcasting

How to grow your podcast audience

How to monetize your podcast

The Podcasting Ecosystem

Discover 44 similar ideas in

It takes just

7 mins to read

Shortening Of Our Attention Spans

Shortening Of Our Attention Spans

Digital technology is shortening our attention span, according to various studies in the past decade. It is also making us distracted to the point of absurdity.

One more negative effect of digital technology and social media on us is that we may be not paying attention to stuff that really matters, which makes us less empathetic and decreases our morality.


231 reads

Tech Algorithms And Design Elements

Big Tech is responsible for our entire online experience, from the stuff we find on Facebook/Instagram to what we read in the news. They incorporate design elements to add or reduce friction or tweak their algorithms to amplify or bury certain content.

Example: When Facebook ditched the old news feed which showed us content from our friends as it happened, to only show curated and selective content that they think is ‘right’ for us, it became attention manipulation(evolving into mood manipulation), which they later admitted.


123 reads

Simone Weil - French Philosopher

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”



138 reads

The Importance Of Attention

Attention requires suspension of our ego, our thoughts and requires us to open ourselves towards the other, all of which are preconditions of morality, empathy and ethical action.

Paying attention mindfully, receptively and with active listening is something antithetical to the current age of digital information overload.


88 reads

Social Media And The Problem Of Comparison

  • Social media helps us create a fake image of ourselves that we work hard to refine and curate, attempting to make ourselves into a brand.
  • This narcissistic tendency in many of us does not incorporate any ethical or moral values.
  • Social media encourages comparison, which impacts our psychological health as it sucks our happiness.
  • When we see people having a ‘great’ life on their Instagram posts, we continue to scroll, hoping to find something else to counteract the envy.
  • We end up posting something great about our lives in a semi-fake status update.


73 reads

The Curiosity Gap

The notifications which count the number of unread emails/messages/requests/reactions behave like a slot machine. This is because we cannot see the whole story, and have succumbed to a Curiosity Gap.

The bell icon on Twitter often has a few unread notifications highlighted in red. It gets our attention because we are tempted to close that gap in our knowledge.

Now that unread notifications, missed calls, unattended emails and texts have cropped up at 25 different places at any given time, our attention is fragmented and highly degraded.


65 reads

Persuasive Technology

Digital enhancements like one-click shopping, infinite scrolls, under two-hour deliveries, video recommendation algorithms, are all designed by well-paid experts to make us scroll, click, engage and shop more on their platforms. Our attention is their currency, so they invest a lot in removing friction in areas that are beneficial for them, not us.

Making a digital product or service more addictive is a full-time job of Big Tech, something which is helping downgrade us by scattering our attention and eroding our empathy.


131 reads

Degrading Of Real Conversation And Empathy

  • Merely having a smartphone in front of us, even if it is not being used, is enough to make any interaction we have with a friend sitting next to us distracted and hollow.
  • It is hard to invest in each other if at any time a phone call or message can stop our conversation.
  • Digital technology divides our attention and channels it towards whatever is convenient and profitable for the companies.
  • Humans are mere guinea pigs.


58 reads

Two Movies Playing At The Same Time

Big Tech has realized a critical flaw in most of us: 

We prefer stuff that confirms our existing belief(the affirmation feed) and dislike stuff that provides us with new, challenging, complex and counterintuitive views of reality(the confronting feed).

By narrowing down our attention to what big tech wants us to see, we also end up narrowing our morality, unable to see real, genuine perspectives.


82 reads

The Failure Of Positive Apps

Many apps aimed to increase morality, kindness, family time and good values fail to take off, as they lack the gamification and addiction design elements we have gotten used to.

Big Tech is winning, but there is hope. The recent antitrust charges against Facebook and Google aim to regulate attention-stealing practices to some extent.


77 reads



Charity officer


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers


5,740 Reviews

App Store


72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates