Number of pages: 304
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
BBB Library: Communication, Technology and Globalization
The Distraction Addiction is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it’s breathing while Facebook refreshes (most of us don’t) or finding innovative approaches for reclaiming a few hours from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out. It is a vital book for business readers, techies, the tech-dependent. And anyone who wants to thrive in our technological world—and for the spouses, friends, and family who are usually the first to recognize when someone needs help.
"Pang joins a growing list of authors who offer to help us battle our addiction to technology. This month also sees the publication of Catherine Steiner-Adair’s “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” addressed to parents suffering anxiety about what their kids are doing on their computers in the privacy of their rooms and the sinkhole of time they fall into while doing it." The Washington Post
Alex Pang’s The Distraction Addiction, by contrast, brims with suggestions for how to embrace “contemplative computing,” a mindful approach to digital technology that could buy an impressive supply of Kracauerian boredom. Instead of shunning the technological in pursuit of the mythical authentic experience, Pang wants to use technology to clean up the mess it created." New Yorker
Young people growing up in our time are not only immersed in apps: they’ve come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps, to see their lives as a string of ordered apps, or perhaps, in many cases, a single, extended, cradle-to-grave app. (We’ve labeled this overarching app a
As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive revolution. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life.
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about
With The Shallows, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and a New York Times bestseller, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the net’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. The Shallows is, writes Slate, “a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”
With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood
In a technological world where we spend more than half of our days looking at our phones instead of looking at the people around us, we need to be reminded of the importance of looking up every once in a while. In this summary of Face to Face: The Art of
Alone together is a book written by Sherry Turkle who is a Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. She traces back technology and its invasion into our lives and its impact in our behaviors, expectations, and way of thinking. She elaborately through many examples shows how
Our relationships with information technologies are incredibly deep and express unique human capacities.
Beliefs about ourselves and others can have a powerful effect on human performance and behavior, in part because the beliefs are subconscious.
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Walking stimulates thinking because it offers a break from the hard focused work of writing, composing, or calculating but doesn’t completely distract the mind.
One evening, disentangle yourself from wires and wirelessness.Set your cell phone to vibrate, and don’t put it back in your pocket.Find that book you started last month, or year, and finish it.