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Name ___shuman__________________________________________ 1. Read the ENTIRE article, annotating as you go (circle, underline, explain). 2. Answer the questions. 3. Use my frame at the end to create the central idea of the entire article. 4. Mark the highlighted phrases as something that (1): does not directly support the central idea or (2): is vitally important to understanding the central idea The Atlantic “The Binge Breaker” Written by BIANCA BOSKER NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE 1) On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: “Presence.” 2) Harris had just arrived at Unplug SF, a “digital detox experiment” held in honor of the National Day of Unplugging, and the organizers had banned real names. Also outlawed: clocks, “w-talk” (work talk), and “WMDs” (the planners’ loaded shorthand f or wireless mobile devices ). Harris, a slight 32-year-old with copper hair and a tidy beard, surrendered his iPhone, a device he considers so addictive that he’s called it “a slot machine in my pocket.” He keeps the background set to an image of Scrabble tiles spelling out the words face down, a reminder of the device’s optimal position. 3) I followed him into a spacious venue packed with nearly 400 people painting faces, filling in coloring books, and wrapping yarn around chopsticks. Despite the cheerful summer- camp atmosphere, the event was a reminder of the binary choice facing smartphone owners, who, according to one study, consult their device 150 times a day: Leave the WMD on and deal with relentless prompts compelling them to check its screen, or else completely disconnect. “It doesn’t have to be the all-or-nothing choice,” Harris told me after taking in the arts-and-crafts scene. “That’s a design failure.” a) What is the main idea of this paragraph? i) There are people who like to paint faces at Unplug SF. ii) Smartphone users shouldn’t have to choose between constantly checking their phones and completely disconnecting. iii) The main design failure of smartphones is that they force us to check our phones all the time. b) What is the MOST important detail that supports this main idea? i) I followed him into a spacious venue packed with nearly 400 people painting faces. ii) Smartphone owners...according to one study, consult their device 150 times a day iii) It doesn’t have to be the all-or-nothing choice. 4) Harris is the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience. As the co - founder of Time Well Spent, an advocacy group, he is trying to bring moral integrity to software design: essentially, to persuade the tech world to help us disengage more easily from its devices. 5) While some blame our collective tech addiction on personal failings, like weak willpower,
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Harris points a finger at the software itself. That itch to glance at our phone is a natural reaction to apps and websites engineered to get us scrolling as frequently as possible. The
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