It seems almost everyone agrees that what is being produced now is manipulative and wasteful, and our time could be put to better use.
We can try to discourage the hustlers and the shysters (and we should) but the risk is that there will always be more manipulative people pushing products. Without manipulation most companies might be much smaller (fail to grow) or not be in business at all. To some degree manipulation exists in every product and service that we use. So I suggest that we can not stop manipulation because it is ever prevalent.
However what makes technology products a bit different is that they are often designed to be addictive. Most things we consume in life are not addictive. There are a few famous cases of addictive products such as the tobacco, sugar and alcohol, and all of these have been regulated to some degree. I would think anything that is proven to be addictive could be restrained in some way.
How can we expose addictive tech services, and how can we fight back against them?