Stolen Focus: Why You Cant Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again Audiobook, by Johann Hari Play Audiobook Sample

Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again Audiobook

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Read By: Johann Hari Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593505991

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59:28 minutes

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08 seconds

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29:35 minutes

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Our ability to pay attention is collapsing. From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections comes a groundbreaking examination of why this is happening—and how to get our attention back. “The book the world needs in order to win the war on distraction.”—Adam Grant, author of Think Again “Read this book to save your mind.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet   In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time, and office workers average only three minutes. Like so many of us, Johann Hari was finding that constantly switching from device to device and tab to tab was a diminishing and depressing way to live. He tried all sorts of self-help solutions—even abandoning his phone for three months—but nothing seemed to work. So Hari went on an epic journey across the world to interview the leading experts on human attention—and he discovered that everything we think we know about this crisis is wrong.   We think our inability to focus is a personal failure to exert enough willpower over our devices. The truth is even more disturbing: our focus has been stolen by powerful external forces that have left us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. Hari found that there are twelve deep causes of this crisis, from the decline of mind-wandering to rising pollution, all of which have robbed some of our attention. In Stolen Focus, he introduces readers to Silicon Valley dissidents who learned to hack human attention, and veterinarians who diagnose dogs with ADHD. He explores a favela in Rio de Janeiro where everyone lost their attention in a particularly surreal way, and an office in New Zealand that discovered a remarkable technique to restore workers’ productivity.   Crucially, Hari learned how we can reclaim our focus—as individuals, and as a society—if we are determined to fight for it. Stolen Focus will transform the debate about attention and finally show us how to get it back.

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“Big-name websites and apps strive to distract because that’s the key to profitability. When we’re looking at our screens, these companies make money; when we’re not, they don’t…It’s a call to arms, to be sure.”

— Washington Post 


  • “This book could not be more vital. Please sit with it, and focus.”

    — Naomi Klein, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Superb…A beautifully researched and argued exploration…told with the pace, sparkle, and energy of the best kind of thriller.”

    — Stephen Fry, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Stolen Focus takes a step back and examines the ecosystem that created the problem.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “If your New Year’s resolution was to be more focused this year, then this is the book for you.”

    — Inc.


  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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About Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a writer and journalist who has written for the New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, and other newspapers. His TED Talks have been viewed over 70 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah Winfrey to Noam Chomsky to Joe Rogan.