The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
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The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day?
We've all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended.
Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it all?
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru, says yes. THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it's breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out.
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behalf and more likely to put our present desires ahead of our future needs. In the abstract, I know that when I retire, I’ll want to have money saved so I can live well, but it’s hard to act on that if my future self is even more abstract. Fox’s studies make the virtues of exercise more tangible, but the virtual selves people encountered in those cases were not older versions of themselves, just more athletic versions. Fox is joining forces with Grace Ahn, a fellow Stanford alum who’s now a
interviewed took her Kindle to Antarctica). Nobody wants to be stuck reading the in-flight magazine on a trip to Dubai. The affordance of self-lighting that some e-readers have is useful: one engineer likes being able to read without turning on the lamp and disturbing his wife. Finally, very targeted, opportunistic reading, the sort that you do when you’re focused on finding a particular piece of information or need a quick overview of a new subject, is also almost entirely digital. When you can
are as smart as humans, nanoscale robots are able to map every atom in the brain, and mankind has moved from having a single consciousness in each person’s head to having all minds distributed among bodies, robots, and the Cloud. But people already talk about information technologies as if they were extensions of themselves. Users often describe their mobile devices as being parts of themselves; they also describe themselves as being “addicted” to the Internet. The popularity of these metaphors
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