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Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 254–256 BOOK REVIEW Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, by Hari, Johann, London, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022, 340 pp., £20.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-5266-2022-4 It increasingly seems as if disconnected snippets of information float through our minds, distracting us from sequencing thoughts together in meaningful ways, obscuring the clarity of our thinking. Nicholas Carr comments, “Over the last few years, I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain . . . I’m not thinking the way I used to think.” (Carr, 2010, p. 5). Referring to his iPhone as “a phantom limb,” the writer Patrick Keefe explains that he cannot read well unless “ . . . my iPhone must be dead, or secured in a lockbox of some sort, so that when I reach for it every five minutes- robotically, pathetically . . . it won’t be there to highjack me” (Keefe, 2022, p. 6). Eric Brende, well-educated with degrees from MIT and Yale, argues that we might be better off walking away from technology and living a simpler life; at one point living completely off grid, at another period living http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Global Information Technology Management Taylor & Francis

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

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JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 254–256 BOOK REVIEW Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, by Hari, Johann, London, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022, 340 pp., £20.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-5266-2022-4 It increasingly seems as if disconnected snippets of information float through our minds, distracting us from sequencing thoughts together in meaningful ways, obscuring the clarity of our thinking. Nicholas Carr comments, “Over...
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2333-6846
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1097-198X
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10.1080/1097198X.2022.2098571
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JOURNAL OF GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2022, VOL. 25, NO. 3, 254–256 BOOK REVIEW Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, by Hari, Johann, London, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022, 340 pp., £20.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-5266-2022-4 It increasingly seems as if disconnected snippets of information float through our minds, distracting us from sequencing thoughts together in meaningful ways, obscuring the clarity of our thinking. Nicholas Carr comments, “Over the last few years, I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain . . . I’m not thinking the way I used to think.” (Carr, 2010, p. 5). Referring to his iPhone as “a phantom limb,” the writer Patrick Keefe explains that he cannot read well unless “ . . . my iPhone must be dead, or secured in a lockbox of some sort, so that when I reach for it every five minutes- robotically, pathetically . . . it won’t be there to highjack me” (Keefe, 2022, p. 6). Eric Brende, well-educated with degrees from MIT and Yale, argues that we might be better off walking away from technology and living a simpler life; at one point living completely off grid, at another period living

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Journal of Global Information Technology ManagementTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2022

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