More

    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 . . .

    Dear reader. To continue reading, please create your free account with your email,
    or login if you have registered already. (click forgotten password, if not in an email from us).
    A subscription is only 9€ 🙂

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

    You might also likeRELATED
    Recommended to you

    TECHNOLOGY: An endemic state of distractionHow society's increased lack of attention has been imposed on us by powerful external forces.
    TECH: The «good old days» mythAs society suffers from increased digital anxiety and ecological collapse, Big Tech continues to push its nostalgia-based feedback loop of utopian myth.
    SOCIETY: Unpacking the reality of interconnectednessI am because you are – a book that offers a coherent and integrated worldview based on interconnectedness
    JUSTICE: Save Julian Assange to save democracyWith the US appeal on extradition ongoing, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange continues to face abuses and irregularities in nothing less than the fight for democracy and journalistic integrity.
    EDITORIAL: Film editing – classical or not?After 40 years as film editor, Niels Pagh Andersen now has written an inspiring book combined with video interviews with 8 filmmakers. What did he learn on this long voyage?
    TECHNOLOGY: The enemy knows the systemManipulation of ideas, people, and influences after the attention economy.
    - Advertisement -
    X