Do smartphones kill happiness?

A clip of comedian Louis C. K. telling Conan O’Brien why he doesn’t give his kids smartphones has gone viral. In this piece Elisha Goldstein examines his argument and explains why she agrees that our use of technology can now get in the way of the development of empathy.  The comedian also stated that phones allow us to avoid uncomfortable feelings.

He speculates that just sitting with these feelings will trigger “happiness antibodies” – a natural feeling of personal control and self-compassion.