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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of historians of technology who pushed the field to pay attention to users as well as inventors and entrepreneurs and to take everyday technologies seriously. This approach was unpopular at first. “None of my colleagues [at SUNY Stony Brook] wanted to talk to me,” she recalls, speaking from her home in Glen Cove, a suburb of New York City. But it paid off massively in More Work for Mother, a book that, judging by the reaction people (particularly working mothers) had to it, could just as easily