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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention

Health & Lifestyle , Self-Help and Personal Development
Paperback Published on: 01/01/2023
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Stolen Focus
The Book for Everyone
This was a phenomenal book, that would be accessible for all readers. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough! Blending elements of scientific research along... READ MORE
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)
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One of the most important books you will read
I loved this, and it’s had a profound effect on the way I view myself. Here’s the book in a nutshell: Hari sets out 12 factors that are impeding our col... READ MORE
Chris Bedford
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Stolen Focus examines the myriad factors – not just new technology and the business model of tech giants, but also diet, education, childhood, our environm... READ MORE
Matthew Hennessey
Stolen Focus
"It's when you set aside your distractions, he said, that you being to see what you were distracting yourself from." pg 24
Hari begins by going on his own digital detox after a 'tablet tourguide' of Elvis Presley's Graceland. What follows is an account of his bliss and struggle... READ MORE
Olena at Wakefield
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Brilliant in every way
This book is a masterpiece of research and critical thinking. A true awakening to all the ways the world is built against us and the ways in which we need ... READ MORE
Katrine Solvaag
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Will make you stop and think
An engaging and fast-paced journey to rediscover our focus against the many challenges to our attention span. The book is written with the speed of a high-... READ MORE
Sarah at Head Office
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Interesting Issues
This had some interesting points to make, but I found some of the arguments rather spurious, despite the research attached to them and some of the conclusi... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January 2023

Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back? For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons why our teenagers now focus on one task for only 65 seconds, and why office workers on average manage only three minutes.

He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong. We think our inability to focus is a personal failing - a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention.

He shows us how in a thrilling journey that ranges from Silicon Valley dissidents, to a favela in Rio where attention vanished, to an office in New Zealand that found a remarkable way to restore our attention. Crucially, he learned how - as individuals, and as a society - we can get our focus back, if we are determined to fight for it.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526620217
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Stolen Focus
Oh dear
Given Hari's past indiscretions, "Stolen Ideas" would be a more accurate title.
Adam Fereday
Stolen Focus
Oh, those air miles!
A sobering and relevant book, for sure, extensively researched and lucidly written. He concludes by discussing the spectre of climate change, ironically so... READ MORE
Alan Davis
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Interesting but flawed
This was a somewhat interesting read and I did enjoy it. Written from a very US-centred perspective on health and environment, Hari explains his approach i... READ MORE
Adam Lee-Morris
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Distressed by his own failing attention span and an anxiety brought on by the inability to escape phones and the internet, Jonathan Hari combines his perso... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
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Debate it, Consider it, Make your own mind up...
So I see this book is causing debate... In this case I recommend people decide for themselves what they think, I don't imagine anyone would have the same o... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp