ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Research Article

Technology Addiction in the Digital Economy and Suggested Solutions*


Department of International Trade, İstanbul Commerce University, Beyoğlu, İstanbul 34445 Turkey


Department of Health Management, İstanbul Medipol University, Beykoz, İstanbul 34810 Turkey

Addicta 2018; 5: 665-690
DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2018.5.4.0038
Read: 1325 Downloads: 489 Published: 15 September 2018

This study argues that technology addiction is a natural consequence of current digital ecosystem characterized with attention economy. The fact that technology platforms architect addictive experiences by exploiting weaknesses of human brain results in consumers’ spending prolonged periods of time on screens. To remedy this problem, this paper proposes various solutions and best practices using a comprehensive approach. Proposals at individual level, family level, organization level and ultimately societal and governmental level are discussed, in order, to overcome technology addiction problem.

Citation: Ertemel, A. V., & Aydın, G. (2018). Technology addiction in the digital economy and suggested solutions. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 5, 665−690.

ISSN 2148-7286 EISSN 2149-1305