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Smartphones: The Dark Side

Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have deliberately developed habit-forming technology to get people hooked.

People are all increasingly glued to their smart phones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have deliberately developed habit-forming technology to get people hooked. A former Facebook manager tells the programme: 'Their goal is to addict you and then sell your time' and the creator of the 'like' button warns of the dangers of social-media addiction. Panorama investigates the science behind the lure of technology, and shows how behavioural science has been used to keep people endlessly checking their phones.

30 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    The Velvet Underground

    I'm Waiting For The Man

  • 00:03

    Gorillaz

    Kids With Guns

  • 00:04

    Death in Vegas

    Dirge

  • 00:05

    Mirwais

    Disco Science

  • 00:06

    The Stooges

    I Wanna Be Your Dog

  • 00:07

    Kavinsky

    Nightcall

  • 00:09

    Philip Glass

    Mad Rush (BBC Philharmonic 2015-16 Season)

    Performer: Jonathan Scott.
  • 00:10

    Philip Glass

    Opening From Mishima

  • 00:11

    Link Wray

    Rumble

  • 00:19

    Animotion

    Obsession

  • 00:20

    Radiohead

    Paranoid Android

  • 00:25

    Tangerine Dream

    Love on a Real Train

Credits

Role Contributor
Reporter Hilary Andersson
Producer Matthew Hill
Director Matthew Hill
Executive Producer Diana Martin
Editor Rachel Jupp

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