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

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

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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Our ability to pay attention is collapsing. From the author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections comes a groundbreaking examination of why this is happening—and how to get our attention back.

“The book the world needs in order to win the war on distraction.”—Adam Grant, author of Think Again

“Read this book to save your mind.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet

 
WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Post, Mashable, Mindful

In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time, and office workers average only three minutes. Like so many of us, Johann Hari was finding that constantly switching from device to device and tab to tab was a diminishing and depressing way to live. He tried all sorts of self-help solutions—even abandoning his phone for three months—but nothing seemed to work. So Hari went on an epic journey across the world to interview the leading experts on human attention—and he discovered that everything we think we know about this crisis is wrong.
 
We think our inability to focus is a personal failure to exert enough willpower over our devices. The truth is even more disturbing: our focus has been stolen by powerful external forces that have left us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. Hari found that there are twelve deep causes of this crisis, from the decline of mind-wandering to rising pollution, all of which have robbed some of our attention. In Stolen Focus, he introduces readers to Silicon Valley dissidents who learned to hack human attention, and veterinarians who diagnose dogs with ADHD. He explores a favela in Rio de Janeiro where everyone lost their attention in a particularly surreal way, and an office in New Zealand that discovered a remarkable technique to restore workers’ productivity.
 
Crucially, Hari learned how we can reclaim our focus—as individuals, and as a society—if we are determined to fight for it. Stolen Focus will transform the debate about attention and finally show us how to get it back.

GENRE
Nonfiction
NARRATOR
JH
Johann Hari
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
10:21
hr min
RELEASED
2022
January 25
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
SIZE
656.8
MB

Customer Reviews

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Eye opening

We need to address the power technology companies have on us.

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Must read!

A must read for everyone!! An awakening!

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Lost me in the second half

The voice was amazing and made the information have flow. I love the first half of the book and how it goes into detail of software engineering and human adversities. But it totally lost me in the second half and I found myself very impatient and waiting for each chapter to end. At this point, a charismatic voice did little to make the writing better. Towards the end, it’s all anecdotal and attempts to connect to ideas beyond smart phone addiction such as sexuality, climate, Covid, and extremism. They give you the main idea of the chapter within 2 mins and then there’s 40 mins left that don’t really expand on that idea (besides anecdotes). Love the first half—worth $15? Sure but not more than that.

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