Stolen Focus

Why You Can't Pay Attention--And How to Think Deeply Again

Hardcover, 368 pages

English language

Published Jan. 30, 2022 by Crown Publishing Group, The.

ISBN:
978-0-593-13851-9
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OCLC Number:
1266207771

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4 stars (34 reviews)

Is your ability to focus and pay attention in free fall?

You are not alone. The average office worker now focuses on any one task for just three minutes. But it's not your fault. Your attention didn't collapse. It has been stolen.

Internationally bestselling author Johann Hari shows twelve deep factors harming our focus. Once we understand them, together, we can take back our minds.

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Really Fantastic, A Must-Read

5 stars

I was expecting Stolen Focus to predominantly focus on digital focus, and the negative impacts big tech companies have on our attention. That’s definitely a good portion of this book, which was incredibly insightful, but there are many more concepts tied to focus I had never considered which were equally amazing to learn about.

Diet, environment, social factors, economy, politics, and more. Stolen Focus ties relations between the focus crisis to the climate crisis, the obesity crisis, the mental health crisis, and much more. These are all interlinked problems which feed on each other in disastrous ways.

This book is not a “how to reclaim your focus” guide, it’s rather a thorough investigation into how and why focus is so important, and what has happened to it. It gives you the context and understanding required to not just fight back personally, but socially.

Writing-wise, I was thoroughly impressed with the …

Review of 'Stolen Focus' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Audiobook. Covers much that I already knew from “the social dilemma” (documentary) and “down the rabbit hole” (NYT podcast).
Powerful first half.
I felt unsure about the second half and reading some reviews here from folk with ADHD I wonder if he simplified too much there.
Enjoyed his voice and pacing, agree with many of his points.
Leaves us with very much of a “what do we do now”? problem though.

Review of 'Stolen Focus' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Johann Hari has managed to write a book which gives a look into some of the causes for what he quite excellently argues is an attention crisis, and how this attention crisis is affecting us as a species. The book has several interesting, intriguing and at times dystopian analyses but manages to end the book in an ultimately speaking hopeful way.

I highly recommend everyone I know to read this book, as it not only gives insight to why we as a species are becoming worse and worse at focusing, thinking deeply and becoming more mindless than mindful, but it also gives a general insight to what this does with us as a society and who it is that seemingly wants it to go this way.

If you are even just partly interested in the social sciences and psychology behind focus, behind social media, behind the ever increasing speeding up …

Review of 'Stolen Focus' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Un especialista en escribir New York Times bestsellers y charlas TED dedica unos cientos de páginas a analizar por qué niños y mayores somos incapaces de concentrarnos un mínimo en nuestras tareas, estudio o en lo que sea que hagamos.
A pesar de todas las alarmas, no está mal del todo: analiza el efecto que las redes sociales (obvio), falta de sueño (lógico), mala alimentación (menos evidente) y la acelerada vida moderna en general tiene sobre nuestros pobres cerebros. Algunas conclusiones son muy interesantes, como por ejemplo el beneficio en cuanto a creatividad del ocio y de los largos paseos dejando volar las ideas libremente; otras secciones, como la moda anglosajona de drogar a niños y adolescentes para que se porten bien en clase, parecen un tanto metidas con calzador. Como buen bestseller de no ficción, es muy ameno.

Review of 'Stolen Focus' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I really enjoyed [b:Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions|34921573|Lost Connections Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions|Johann Hari|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1631416785l/34921573.SX50.jpg|56184854] by Johann Hari even though I had some critiques about the way it made its argument. Overall I agree with his main idea that many of the issues we have in modern life are not the problem of biology or the individual but are a reflection of the structure of our society. What he did for depression in his previous book, he does here in a work looking at our inability to focus. Though "Lost Connection" hit me harder, I think that this is a better written volume. Hari uses his experience living in Provincetown, Massachusetts for three months with no connectivity as a central experience upon which to hang his twelve arguments. Another strength of the book is …

Review of 'Stolen Focus' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I’ve come to writing this review late, so this likely won’t be as thorough as I would have liked. This is an important book and one of my favorite reads so far this year—it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s almost the end of the term and unsurprisingly, I’m struggling to properly sit down and focus to finish a term paper and thesis draft. What I appreciate most about Stolen Focus is that Hari leads you through several different ‘causes’ behind the current attention crisis. He does give a few chapters to smartphones and social media, but he is quite adamant that these are far from the only things, and he denies that this crisis can be solved simply by using our phones less.

The book’s structure makes it fairly easy to get into. Hari begins each chapter with a brief anecdote from his personal life, then he …

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