How Americans Try to Control Their Impulses Through Technology

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 Apps and devices help the weak of will put on the brakes when texting, spending or driving would be self-destructive.

Dan Nainan can’t trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day. “I’m sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own,” said the New York City comedian, who’s struggling to finish a book. “I wish I could, but I just don’t have the discipline.”

 

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