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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (edició 2022)

de Johann Hari (Autor)

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* THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 'If you read just one book about how the modern world is driving us crazy, read this one'TELEGRAPH'A beautifully researched and argued exploration of the breakdown of humankind's ability to pay attention'STEPHEN FRY'A really important book . . . Everyone should read it'PHILIPPA PERRY'There's so much in this book . . . Unbelievable, juicy dynamite that you have to read'CHRIS EVANS_________________________Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons behind our shortening attention spans. He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong. We think our inability to focus is a personal failing - a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention. He shows us how in a thrilling journey that ranges from Silicon Valley dissidents, to a favela in Rio where attention vanished, to an office in New Zealand that found a remarkable way to restore our attention.Crucially, he learned how - as individuals, and as a society - we can get our focus back, if we are determined to fight for it.… (més)
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Títol:Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again
Autors:Johann Hari (Autor)
Informació:Crown (2022), 368 pages
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Fascinating to have all this research together in one place. A bit daunting the size of the problem, but at least he offers suggestions to help attack the issue from a variety of angles. The author is a good narrator. He intertwines stories with statistics and points out areas of controversy. Very thought provoking. Hope it stirs consciousness and provokes change. I'll be working to do my part! ( )
  njcur | Jun 30, 2022 |
Good book on how modern technology and advertising is designed to distract you and some tips on being less distracted. ( )
  MichaelK12345 | Jun 11, 2022 |
One likes to read books about things which one knows reasonably well. Stolen Focus was like that for me. One likes to read books which mention important authors from one's past. Stolen Focus was like that for me. Having made a study of the psychology of attention, it was good to revisit the subject. ( )
  dirving57 | Mar 30, 2022 |
“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Krishnamurti

ATTENTION!

How is yours these days? Are you able to focus? Are you easily distracted? How’s your memory? Are you sleeping well? It’s no great secret that our attention is fractured into many pieces these days and the ability to focus or to remember is more and more challenging.

I listened to two podcasts last week featuring Johann Hari, author of the newly released “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again” (Vox Conversations 02-07 and Ezra Klein 02-12; links below). And then I read the book (impressively focused for a day!).

Our brains are in big trouble due in large part to our perceived need to multi-task, work long hours, sleep too little, eat the wrong foods, breathe toxic air. Oh, and there’s the internet/social media thing, too.

Hari interviewed dozens of experts around the world for his exhaustive research: technology designers, child psychologists, sleep researchers, nutritionists, educators, and many more. He documents twelve causes of our inability to focus in the 21st century, broken into chapters such as the increase in our speed, the disruption of mind-wandering (or daydreaming), ADHD, our faulty educational system, and technology that can track and, particularly, manipulate us (surveillance capitalism).

In addition to screens sucking our time and energy, Hari talks about the typical American diet contributing to our inability to focus. Most of us are familiar with the rush of coffee and sugar in the morning (and/or afternoon) and the inevitable crash that follows a couple hours later. Additives in a diet of processed foods also mess with our ability to focus. And then there are all the chemicals we’re exposed to daily from the time we’re born – pesticides, exhaust, industrial pollution - that can disrupt attention.

There are some disturbing findings in this book about our current lifestyle and the power that tech companies have over our daily lives – tracking, manipulating, selling information they have gleaned to advertisers. Those seemingly innocuous games on Facebook such as “what was your first car?” or “score one point for each of these you haven’t done” are there to gather information about you which gets compiled into your personal algorithm and then sold to advertisers.

One of the saddest parts of the book to me is about the “confinement of children.” Think about your childhood: what did you do after school? I remember walking to and from school alone or with friends and meeting up to play after school, usually unsupervised. We used our imaginations! We created! We often played outside until it got dark or it was time for dinner. Kids today don’t do this; they are ushered to and from school by a parent or other adult and are rarely allowed to play outside. Most of their “play” time is spent in front of a screen. Yet the dangers “out there” are no greater than they were when we were kids.

Hari found one organization that is doing something about this: Let Grow. These are community-based groups that are “designed to promote free play and freedom to explore for kids.” As Hari says, “We’ve got to do this. To deal with attention problems, one of the things we’ve got to do is restore a childhood that our ancestors would recognize as a human childhood.” By letting go, our children can grow connected to the world, not just their devices.
https://letgrow.org/

Hari started his research by spending three months in Provincetown with no access to the internet and no smartphone. It was an eye-opening experience for him, and he encourages readers to find ways to limit their screen time. Of course, not many of us have the resources to do what he did, but there are ways to cut back the hours of online time. (Laurie and I are spending three days at the coast next month and have agreed to leave our laptops and iPads at home! Eek!)

He has no tried and true suggestions on how to overcome our addiction to our devices; he does suggest some activism and some possible legal remedies, such as banning surveillance capitalism. Individual responsibility is a crucial component to change, but not the only one. But as long as the business model of tech companies exists as it is today, it will be a long, hard battle – not impossible, but certainly not easy.

I encourage you to read this book. The information it contains is important to our physical and mental well-being and to the health of our planet.
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This excerpt from the poem “My Therapist Wants to Know about My Relationship to Work” by Tiana Clark perfectly describes our multitasking (which is really called “switching”).

I hustle
upstream.
I grasp.
I grind.
I control & panic. Poke
balloons in my chest,
always popping there,
always my thoughts thump,
thump. I snooze — wake & go
boom. All day, like this I short
my breath. I scroll & scroll.
I see what you wrote — I like.
I heart. My thumb, so tired.
My head bent down, but not
in prayer, heavy from the looking.
I see your face, your phone-lit
faces. I tap your food, two times
for more hearts. I retweet.
I email: yes & yes & yes.
Then I cry & need to say: no-no-no.
Why does it take so long to reply?
I FOMO & shout. I read. I never
enough. New book. New post.
New ping. A new tab, then another.

Link to full poem:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/148109/my-therapist-wants-...

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ezra-klein-show/id1548604447?i=1000550...

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vox-conversations/id1081584611?i=100055031... ( )
  teelgee | Feb 20, 2022 |
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* THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 'If you read just one book about how the modern world is driving us crazy, read this one'TELEGRAPH'A beautifully researched and argued exploration of the breakdown of humankind's ability to pay attention'STEPHEN FRY'A really important book . . . Everyone should read it'PHILIPPA PERRY'There's so much in this book . . . Unbelievable, juicy dynamite that you have to read'CHRIS EVANS_________________________Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons behind our shortening attention spans. He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong. We think our inability to focus is a personal failing - a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention. He shows us how in a thrilling journey that ranges from Silicon Valley dissidents, to a favela in Rio where attention vanished, to an office in New Zealand that found a remarkable way to restore our attention.Crucially, he learned how - as individuals, and as a society - we can get our focus back, if we are determined to fight for it.

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