- Ryan Hoover made this productDisclaimer: I helped write Hooked with @nireyal. Hooked: How to Built Habit-Forming Products, is written for people building product to help equip people with a better understanding of what drives engagement. However, reading and understanding this topic can also help people combat addiction. Often, the easiest way to fight compulsive usage is to remove the trigger (the thing that reminds you to use it, like the app icon on your homescreen) or introduce more friction (Space is a handy tool for Twitter/Facebook-addicted folks).
It was a great and insightful book - my wife recommended to me and it didn't disappoint. Already helped me with my startup
I actually went to a talk that featured Nir, great personality and was very interactive with the audience.
- This is a book written by a neuroscientist who used to be a drug addict, and it makes a compelling case for thinking of addiction as a kind of neural development or learning, as opposed to as a moral problem, a disease, a coping mechanism, or failure of willpower. I found it helped me make sense of the addiction I was experiencing in relation to a particular video game at the time I read it.
- Where my other recommendation, The Biology of Desire, is focused on the internals of addiction and explains it via 5 case studies, this book focuses on the external factors and talks about how capitalism and economics play a role in how addicted basically everybody is these days, in one way or another. So a much more macro-view. I've only read part of this one, but what I read was solid and my colleagues recommend it highly.