The Jordan Harbinger Show

707: Johann Hari | Why You Can't Pay Attention-And What to Do About It

Johann Hari (@johannhari101) is a New York Times best-selling author and top-rated TED speaker. His latest book is Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—And How to Think Deeply Again.

What We Discuss with Johann Hari:

  • It's not just your imagination: attention spans are shortening, and finding the mental state that fosters deep thinking is increasingly elusive.
  • It's not just kids: college-age people switch tasks, on average, every 65 seconds. Adults? Every three minutes. We've become accustomed to interrupting ourselves when external distractions aren't there to do it for us.
  • It's not your fault: your inability to focus isn't a personal failure; your focus has been stolen from you by powerful external forces that have left all of us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit.
  • It's not just the internet and technology: our lack of focus has actually been happening for generations.
  • Discover what Johann learned about reclaiming this focus—as individuals, and as a society—on a trip that took him around the world.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/707

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Miss the conversation we had with Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, and co-host of the podcast Your Undivided Attention? Catch up with episode 533: Tristan Harris | Reclaiming Our Future with Humane Technology here!

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