Attention Span

A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity

by Gloria Mark

On Sale: 01/10/2023

Attention Span

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Attention Span

A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity

by Gloria Mark

On Sale: 01/10/2023

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About the Book

Rediscover your ability to pay attention with this groundbreaking new approach from "the definitive expert on distraction and multitasking" (Cal Newport).

We spend an average of just 47 seconds on any screen before shifting our attention. It takes 25 minutes to bring our attention back to a task after an interruption. And we interrupt ourselves more than we're interrupted by others.

In Attention Span, psychologist Gloria Mark reveals these and more surprising results from her decades of research into how technology affects our attention. She shows how much of what we think we know is wrong, including insights such as:
  • Why multitasking hurts rather than helps productivity
  • How social media and modern entertainment amplify our short attention spans
  • What drains our mental resources and how to refuel them
  • The four types of attention that we experience every day and how to recognize them

While the concept of “flow” has previously been considered the ideal state of focus, Dr. Mark offers a new framework to help explain how our brains function in the digital world: kinetic attention. This book reveals how we can take control, not only to find more success in our careers, but also to find health and wellness in our everyday lives.

Critical Praise

"Gloria Mark is the definitive expert on distraction and multitasking in our increasingly digital world. Her book is a must-read for anyone concerned about our diminishing attention span."
--Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of A WORLD WITHOUT EMAIL and DEEP WORK
 
“This book covers decades of Gloria Mark’s fascinating research journey into how the rise of computing has affected our personal lives: how we are overstressed, we multitask too much, we are constantly interrupted even by ourselves, and our attention spans have declined to an astonishing 47 seconds. If you are interested in your well-being and how to gain agency in this digital age then you need to read this book.”
--Susan David, bestselling author of EMOTIONAL AGILITY
 
"Interruptions are a fact of life. This has long been true, no fancy technology required, but today, we have bright, shiny technology, some deliberately designed to distract and thereby to interrupt. Gloria Mark's book is a thorough review of the impact these interruptions have on our lives and mental health. Some interruptions are welcomed, deliberately self-created. Most, however, are not. All interruptions impact the focus of attention, and attention is a critically limiting aspect of human cognition. Don't be distracted by my review -- go read the book. It is an important and valuable contribution to living in this world of interruptions."
--Don Norman, author of THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS
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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781335449412
  • ISBN 10: 1335449418
  • Imprint: Hanover Square Press
  • On Sale: 01/10/2023
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Time Management
  • BISAC2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE: Technology Studies
  • BISAC3 : PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability
  • BISAC4 : SELF-HELP / Self-Management / Time Management

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