My shopping cart was stressing me out. With a timer telling me I had less than a minute left to purchase and only three items left in stock, my FOMO kicked in and I frantically checked out.
All this purchasing pressure is something called a “dark pattern”, and many of us are coerced by them daily. Dark patterns are tricks websites and apps use to steer, manipulate, and deceive us into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions.
Today is all about recognizing and protecting yourself from dark patterns.