How constant tech is breaking our brains

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and on with no end in sight, the mental well-being of users has become a primary concern for tech companies such as Microsoft. Tasked with building digital tools for personal and workplace communications, such companies now find themselves overseeing platforms where we spend the vast majority of our waking hours—from the time we sign on to a workplace communications service in the morning until our last video call with a loved one before we go to sleep.

Fast Company spoke with tech pioneer Jaron Lanier, Microsoft CVP Emma Williams and Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson.