The Promise of Attention - The Gifts Of A…

I recently listened to an interesting podcast with Ezra Klein and Johann Hari, author of “Stolen Focus.” They had a discussion about attention and how many people are finding it more and more difficult to engage in deep focus. I’ve noticed this in myself, that its become harder over the past years to dig in and read a long article. There has been important research that has confirmed that the constant bombardment of information, the pressure to multi-task and spend smaller units of time on each task is creating a climate of distraction. I think its important to acknowledge that it is not just a matter of will power. Google, Facebook and other media companies have created complex and effective systems where their business model and how they make a profit is based upon getting us to pick up our phones and tune-in as long as possible.

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