An endemic state of distraction

    TECHNOLOGY: How society's increased lack of attention has been imposed on us by powerful external forces.

    Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—and How to Think Deeply Again
    Author: Johann Hari
    Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, UK

    Do you have days when your mind feels so scattered it is unclear where the hours go? Did you ever notice how multitasking or simply scrolling on social media leave you feeling empty and tense? And still, you keep doing it? Do you notice how the first thing you do when you are tired is reach for your phone? Well, you are not the only one.

    If you’ve been successful for a while in taking charge and limiting your use of technology, only to get back to the old habits like before or worse, you’re not the only one either. It might seem in your hands, but is it? Projects like Mind over Tech offer useful tools that can help. But as Johann Hari’s new book, Stolen Focus argues – failing at making a long-lasting change is not really your fault. In surveillance capitalism, your attention is a commodity that can be capitalized upon. It’s not in the interest of money-making that you easily disconnect. The result is an environment incentivized to find the best way to keep you hooked and constantly . . .

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    Bianca-Olivia Nita
    Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

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