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S. 2314: SMART Act

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Should the most compulsive and habit-forming features on websites and social media platforms be curbed?


The average American now spends 10 and a half hours daily, or well more than half their day, staring at a screen. This has been sharply increasing in recent years, and with technology like televisions having previously existed for decades, the main culprits are likely websites, smartphones, and social media which are programmed using psychological principles developed to keep gamblers gambling.

“Growing evidence indicates that social media and gambling exploit the same psychological mechanisms to keep us coming back,” writes Laurie Clark for Tech World. “It turns out what drives us to refresh our feeds and to pull the lever of a slot machine are surprisingly similar.”

Certain daily tech behaviors are now at ...

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Joshua Hawley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 14 pages
Jul 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 30, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 30, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 30, 2019

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S. 2314 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2314. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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