Frequently Asked Questions

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, by Adam Alter

From the book cover: “Welcome to the Age of Behavioral Addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter explains why so many of today’s products are irresistible and why their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. Most important, Alter shows us how we can harness these addictive products for the good—even as we mitigate their most harmful effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children.”

The Common Reading Experience is a BGSU tradition that started in 2001. It is one way to connect students academically and to foster a sense of community among the incoming first-year students, faculty and staff. It encourages students to read beyond textbooks and provides an introduction to the expectations of higher education.

  • Course-integrated experiences (such as in-depth discussion, written assignments, projects) in select sections of many courses
  • Campus-wide programming throughout the academic year
  • Discussions/programs in learning communities and residence halls.

Adam Alter will be on campus October 8-9 to participate in events with the University community and will present in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom on the evening of Monday, October 8, 7:30-9:15 p.m.  The presentation will include a Q&A and book signing.   

Learn more and register

The book is available for purchase as a conventional book, e-book or audio book online and at Falcon Outfitters; it can also be borrowed from University Libraries

  • Students learn about this program during SOAR (summer registration) visits to campus and are told that the book is required reading.
  • A reminder is also sent directly to students’ email accounts in mid- to late summer.

All incoming first-time, full-time students

Students are not expected to write a paper about the book during the summer before they come to campus. They should come to campus in August having read the book and expecting to participate in discussions and debates and to work on assignments regarding what they have read.

Yes, all new students are asked to read the Common Read as it will be used in a variety of courses, as well as incorporated into other programming.

Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene
Director of BG Perspective/Provost Office Associate
202 Hayes Hall