Outside the Box: Apple, Facebook and other tech giants must help us kick our smartphone addiction

Most technology companies have the best of intentions about their mission and purpose.

For example, Google’s GOOGL, -5.28% registration statement with the SEC to take the company public came with these assurances:

• Our goal is to develop services that improve the lives of as many people as possible — to do things that matter. We make our services as widely available as we can by supporting over 97 languages and by providing most services for free. Advertising is our principal source of revenue, and the ads we provide are relevant and useful rather than intrusive and annoying.

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