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Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen. | The Guardian

Illustration by Eric Chow

Social media and many other facets of modern life are destroying our ability to concentrate. We need to reclaim our minds while we still can.

Prof Barbara Demeneix, a leading French scientist who has studied some key factors that can disrupt attention, told me bluntly: “There is no way we can have a normal brain today.” We can see the effects all around us. A small study of college students found they now only focus on any one task for 65 seconds. A different study of office workers found they only focus on average for three minutes. This isn’t happening because we all individually became weak-willed. Your focus didn’t collapse. It was stolen.

Read more from Johann Hari here: Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen | The Guardian

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