Johann Hari’s book Stolen Focus discusses how technology and modernity are negatively and chronically affecting our brains and behavior.
It focuses on the individual experience of living in this moment, and how modern technology is limiting our choices and personal notions of freedom and consciousness.
This well-researched survey draws attention to important concerns while avoiding simplistic self-improvement recommendations.
Stolen Focus :addresses a wider range of causes but for a single target of concern: namely, how we are losing focus,” said a review in The New York Times.
It said Hari breaks down the many causes of our lack of attention into two categories: Too much and too little. Too much information, stress, surveillance and manipulation, and ADHD diagnoses. Not enough sleep, novel reading, navel gazing and nutritious food. He doesn’t declare algorithms or even digital technology as the single culprit, since “information overload” has been creeping up on us and impairing our focus for some time.
Each potential cause is interrogated in its own chapter, and they all contain interviews with researchers in the chosen topic.