Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Websites are designed for addiction

Title says it all. Read it on the original site and watch the video shown on the left.

User behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

Michael Schulson | 24 November, 2015 | aeon

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December 25, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , | Leave a comment

What I Learned from Losing $200 Million

In summary: illusion of control. And that stress amplifies it.

What I Learned from Losing $200 Million

The 2008 financial crisis taught me about the illusion of control, and how to give it up.

By Bob Henderson | December 24, 2015 | Nautilus

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December 25, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, economics, statistics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Majority Illusion in Social Networks

You think everyone does/know/be it?  Maybe it’s just an illusion.

The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind

June 30, 2015 | MIT Technology Review

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
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December 25, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, sociology | , , , | Leave a comment