Every time I sat down to read—or to do anything that required sustained attention—I found I could only focus on a task for a few minutes. It felt like my brain had changed—for the worse.
ByThe New York Times
ByThe New Yorker
ByThe New York Times
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Tech makers should abandon Google’s vague motto, “Don’t be evil”—it’s too vague.
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What are the consequences of digital distraction and how can we minimize them?
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