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Download Stolen Focus by Johann Hari ePub & PDF novel free. Johann Hari’s “Stolen Focus” is an emotional journey of a story that progresses in a non-linear style. Near the conclusion, secrets are disclosed. Secrets, betrayal, loss, death, forgiveness, redemption, and love shine through in this tale.
Stolen Focus by Johann Hari Summary:
I was overwhelmed with conflicting emotions when I sat down to enjoy Johann Hari’s latest book, “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think Deeply Again.” “Yes,” I said as I recognized myself in the tale. “The author is depicting me as a distracted multitasking shell of a person. I’m well aware of my terrible behaviors, yet I can’t seem to break them.”
My emotions varied as I read “Stolen Focus.” Alth Tough many of the statistics Hari cites are depressing — we touch our phones 2,617 times per day, our sleep has decreased by 20% in the last century, and more than half of Americans don’t read a single book in a year, according to one study — Hari guarantees readers that they are not alone in their inability to concentrate.
Unlike other books about our relationship with technology that emphasize personal responsibility and the importance of self-control, “Stolen Focus” takes a step back and looks at the ecosystem that generated the problem.
Hari devotes a large portion of the book to investigating how Big Tech adds to the issue, such as the use of algorithms to increase participation. Even though some Bay Area readers may be familiar with the information presented in these chapters, it is not necessarily comprehended by the average Facebook user. Hari speaks with Sune Lehmann, a professor at the Technical University of Denmark who has studied attention and the rate at which we are bombarded with continual news and media daily. “If we don’t change course, (Lehmann) fears we’ll end up in a world where ‘there’s going to be an upper class of people who are very aware of the threats to their attention and find ways to live in under their limits,’ and then there’ll be the rest of society with ‘fewer resources to resist the manipulation,'” Hari writes.
Hari looks at other elements that affect our attention, including our diets, contamination and the environment, stress, and a lack of unstructured time for mind-wandering and play in both kids and adults, in addition to Big Tech.
Hari’s writing is highly approachable, and the book weaves together personal narratives — a digital detox in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and a trip to Graceland in Memphis with his godson — with scholar interviews and straightforward explanations of scientific studies and experiments.
One of the most interesting chapters is about “the collapse of persistent reading,” as Hari puts it. Hari cites studies that show how reading fiction enhances empathy and explains the concept of “screen inferiority,” or how we understand and retain less of what we read on screens than we do in books. (This is supported by 54 studies, according to Hari.) This reminds me of a phrase by Ray Bradbury on one of my favorite Green Apple Books bookmarks: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. “
Despite the subtitle “Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think Deeply Again,” readers may have a better knowledge of the former and less of the latter after reading “Stolen Focus.” If, as Hari claims, the forces influencing our attention are ambient and systemic, there is only so much we can do to counteract them. Our inability to concentrate may become the new normal if firms continue to base their businesses around surveillance capitalism (the practice of profiting from users’ data). We are locked in our current reality until our society significantly changes — which, Hari contends, would almost certainly necessitate abolishing surveillance capitalism or at the very least severely regulating Big Tech.
However, hey, we’re all in this together.
Details About Stolen Focus by Johann Hari ePub & PDF
- Name: Stolen Focus
- Author: Johann Hari
- Language: English
- Genre: Literary Fiction
- Format: PDF/ePub
- Size: 1 MB
- Page: 210
- Price: Free
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