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Well. It was interesting and engaging. How "true" or factual it is? who knows?
... sure, the author investigates real life case studies, but... that's the nature of case studies, if you were to pick five "life stories" out of the about 350 million adult persons living in North America, you could, literally, "prove" anything you wanted.

Does everyone who shoots heroin become addicted? Maybe, maybe not, maybe the chemical hooks are only 17% of the problem, but I somehow doubt it.

Would the cartels go "bankrupt" if drugs were legalized? Maybe, maybe not, but is it realistic to think a society can make hard drugs accessible and not have youths become addicted? I doubt it. Youths do all sorts of stupid things, and if heroin were to be "normalized", more people would do it. And more people would be hooked, and more lives would be ruined.

Is locking addicts up the solution? Probably not.

What is the answer? There are no solutions offered here, just some things for us to think about.
crazybatcow | outras 25 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |
I loved most of the book, there's been quite some good advice I've been able to use to start healing my focus and I found the sections on how these sites are intentionally made to worsen our attention problems very enlightening. There is however a caveat - the chapter (or was it 2 chapters) on ADHD. Now, I'm not completely against touching on this as the problems with attention and how the environment is made to make it very hard certainly doesn't help people with ADHD, but he comitts all of the cardinal sins; 1) Not neurodivergent, 2) Talks with scientists about ADHD, 3) The scientists are not psychologists, 4) Narrows down ADHD to only being about paying attention, 5) Does not talk to anyone with ADHD or ND organization, 6) Only focuses on children, 7) Talks about cases of children mistakenly getting ADHD diagnosis but all of them are basically cases of gross misconduct by those who did it like a child who got a diagnosis of ADHD because he couldn't pay attention and had been sexually abused. A lot of concern against ADHD medication but really any solution other then that you can improve your attention in other ways, but again attention problems is only one (and maybe not even the biggest) issue people with ADHD have.

So by and large the book was very good, but I did want to write this out. And just as an aside I am SO tired of NTs writing/talking ABOUT US instead of TO US or WITH US. Sigh.
dond_ashall | outras 19 resenhas | Feb 7, 2024 |
Another ADD book that I got as an audiobook, but I’m already very discouraged. I don’t like the narrators accent and the book is too boring for anyone with ADD to finish. Like most self-help books, rather than telling you what you could do to help yourself in a nutshell, they pad and expand the book with long stories about this or that person and what they did. Everyone wants to write an ADD book nowadays and they’re very few that are actually helpful for managing ADD.
laurelzito | outras 19 resenhas | Jan 28, 2024 |

A great (and important) read. I really liked the way Johann Hari writes and how he put all of his stories together into a coherent whole. Many of the topics he dives into will be familiar to a lot of readers, I think (myself included) - but to have them all so clearly presented, and the scientific studies explained, is powerful.
Alexandra_book_life | outras 19 resenhas | Dec 15, 2023 |
Reasons why attention spans and the ability to focus are declining on an individual and social level.

Well-argued and convincing book about an important problem. It's not just that I'm getting older. There are social factors similar to those why the quality of a lot of people's diet in developed countries is declining. It deserves all the stars.
Robertgreaves | outras 19 resenhas | Nov 1, 2023 |
Johann Hari's "Stolen Focus" is an eye-opening read that explores the effects of technology on our focus and daily life. Hari explains in detail how social media firms keep us scrolling and consuming content despite our diminishing ability to concentrate and think critically. The book is full of insightful statements and thoughts that caused me to reflect on my relationship with various forms of modern technology.

The book argues, among other things, that individuals alone can't solve this vast cultural problem. It contends that in order to genuinely regain our concentration, societal and structural changes are required. In the end, I was left with a sense of hopelessness after realizing that our culture has gotten so hectic that we scarcely have time to think, and the challenge of altering this reality seems like it would be practically impossible to accomplish.

As Hari puts it, "What does it mean to be a society and culture so frantic that we don't have time to dream?" That question sums up the book's central concern. It makes me worry that we've lost the ability to let our brains roam, explore, and create because of our reliance on technology and this barrage of continual stimulation.

As the author rightly points out, "as we began to move from books to screens, we started to lose some of the capacity for the deeper reading that comes from books, and that, in turn, made us less likely to read books." I've noticed this countless times while reading. More often than not, I don't spend substantial chunks of time reading because I'd rather check my phone or skim through things online. When I was younger, I would spend hours immersed in a book.

"Stolen Focus" is a thought-provoking book that made me think about my connection with technology, social media, and focus. I've honestly begun to doubt the future of our society and whether we can ever hope to regain our concentration and capacity for deep thought.
Elizabeth_Cooper | outras 19 resenhas | Oct 27, 2023 |

Es uno de esos libros que te hace ver las cosas de una forma nueva.
Fue muy informativo.
Creo que el autor hace demasiado enfasis en algunos aspectos de la solucion. Creo que deberia haberlo dejado quiza para otro libro o para un capitulo especifico. Tambien me parecia que en algun momento ya no tenia mas contenido y estaba metiendo cualquier otro tema relacionado. Es comprensible pero creo que un libro mas corto y al grano hubiera sido mejor.
trusmis | outras 19 resenhas | Jul 26, 2023 |
3.5 that was interesting not my typical read but part of a book club and this was on the list.

Final words Harry Anslinger Sucks!!
StarKnits | outras 25 resenhas | Jul 24, 2023 |
This well-researched and intelligently argued book brilliantly explains precisely what factors have led to nearly all of us losing the ability to concentrate deeply on a single topic for more than a few minutes—and not incidentally, have contributed to our society wobbling and threatening to go completely off the rails. The good news is that I think we can conclusively say what the causes are (and their primary origins in the period from 2005 to 2007). The bad news is that we're not going to be able to fix the problem through individual regimens akin to weight-loss programs, such as periodic unplugging from social media. Fixing this will take broad, regulated, collective effort, probably by government. The author is hopeful; I'm not. I recommend this book to anyone concerned about our seemingly dystopian present, but as a starting point to a necessary conversation, not as a blueprint of solutions.
john.cooper | outras 19 resenhas | Jul 9, 2023 |
2023 Book #30. 2022. Although it says "How to" right in the cover it's not a how to book. He presents 12 reasons why you can't focus, like, not enough sleep, phones, email, and more complicated reasons which you can't fix. Kind of an interesting read but not very helpful.
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capewood | outras 19 resenhas | Jun 16, 2023 |
Stimulating and interesting research into why we can't focus our attention any more; how and why it has and continues to change; what we can do individually and what needs to happen in our societies to bring about major change.
ElizabethCromb | outras 19 resenhas | Jun 7, 2023 |
Should be required reading for any drug policy makers, definitely recommended for anyone developing an opinion on drug laws, either way
zizabeph | outras 25 resenhas | May 7, 2023 |
This book is an honest exploration of the reasons why anxiety and depression are at such high levels in the modern world. Written not by a psychologist or sociologist, Johann Hari uses his journalistic training and passion for self-search to thoroughly interview and cite scientists and researchers across multiple disciplines of psycho/social/emotional knowledge.

The result are 9 reasons we are disconnected (which exacerbates anxiety + depression) and, more important, how to reconnect without relying on SSRI's and the western compulsion to label everything a disorder or disease.

An eye-opening read for anyone, but especially folks who have dealt with depression or anxiety.
aehotchkiss | outras 36 resenhas | Apr 26, 2023 |
An account of the war on drugs, its casualties and its solution. Anecdotal style is gripping but takes a lot of pages, it could be laid out as an essay with headings. Its not obvious from the chapter headings what they are about. But the case seems well made that the war on drugs has been as harmful as prohibition was. Eventually gets on to the idea that they are uniquely gripping, not for most people, and most get off happily enough. Various places are decriminalizing them and some legalizing them. Colorado legalized marijuana cos its less harmful than alcohol Washington because legislating against it caused too much trouble. Needs to be global consensus on this before the war can end. Well referenced and indexed.½
oataker | outras 25 resenhas | Apr 18, 2023 |
nimishg | outras 19 resenhas | Apr 12, 2023 |
What a year. I find a book on a different way to capture, organize and use notes...and the bulk note exporting function on iOS Books gets stripped - FYI, there is a clunky workaround. Find a book on attention focus... and struggle with it (the focus) to write a review (I finished this a month ago.)

I used to work with some who used the phrase "deep dive" a lot. They didn't really dive deep, but Mr. Hari does. Deep and wide - he's all over the world with his research for this one. Method acting, too - he takes a three month sabbatical from the constant distractions of the internet, isolated in Provincetown, MA.

Hari's book describes what he (and his experts) identify as twelve causes of "stolen focus": (1) increase in speed, switching, and filtering; (2) crippling of our flow states; (3) rise of physical and mental exhaustion; (4) collapse of sustained reading; (5) disruption of mind-wandering; (6) rise of technology that can track and manipulate you; (7) rise of cruel optimism; (8) surge in stress; (9) deteriorating diet; (10) rising pollution; (11) rise of ADHD; (12) physical and psychological confinement of our children.

Hari said Professor Joel Nigg (studies children's attention problems) asks if “we are now developing “an attentional pathogenic culture”—an environment in which sustained and deep focus is extremely hard for all of us, and you have to swim upstream to achieve it”. I wondered how much we need deep and sustained focus. Train the mind to think... okay, process faster .... would that help? Hari doesn't think so.

Why is focus so important? Apart from the obvious, “As a species, we are facing a slew of unprecedented tripwires and trapdoors—like the climate crisis—and, unlike previous generations, we are mostly not rising to solve our biggest challenges. Why? Part of the reason, I think, is that when attention breaks down, problem-solving breaks down.” I agree. Some of the solutions are extreme, and as we barrel into the inevitable future, will only be harder to try to pull off.

Too many notes, too much to unpack. I don't agree with everything he's posited, but largely, this book makes a lot of sense. Recommended reading.

Curated thoughts:

(1) The [anti] social media, search engines, internet in general, give us instant "news". We've become consumers of rapid fire soundbites. Hari detoxed with his sequestration and when he started, “I unpacked my books and began to flick through them. I couldn’t get any traction with the one I picked up.” {This has been happening to me lately. It may or may not be the attention - but it is something.}

Sune Lehmann, Technical university of Denmark professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and colleagues studied millions of Google books ("detecting n-grams") and eight years of Twitter for how long new phrases/ideas were discussed and how long before they faded from discussion. They discovered that with "each decade that passed, for more than 130 years, topics have come and gone faster and faster." The reason is simple: "there's just more information in the system." Who remembers scouring encyclopedias for the information you needed for an assignment? Now? a few clicks (and if you're concerned, a few more to verify.) Sune's solution was to stop using all social media except Twit once per week, and “He stopped getting his news from social media, and instead took out a newspaper subscription” My note: {What? Local, myopic bias filled with curated news bits of whatever can fit? That's not getting news that's getting fed a subset.}

On that information glut, and limits on absorption, “The scientists investigating this also discovered that if you make people read quickly, they are much less likely to grapple with complex or challenging material. They start to prefer simplistic statements.” I've seen this.

(2) When I saw "flow" in the chapter title, I knew who he was talking about. I'm not a fan, but I do think he had an awesome to pronounce name. Still, why I didn't buy the flow theory, Hari's distillation is good. “Mihaly [Csikszentmihalyi]’s studies identified many aspects of flow, but it seemed to me—as I read over them in detail—that if you want to get there, what you need to know boils down to three core components”.
“The first thing you need to do is to choose a clearly defined goal.”
“Second, you have to be doing something that is meaningful to you.”
“Third, it will help if you are doing something that is at the edge of your abilities, but not beyond”

Hari interviewed Csikszentmihalyi and talks about how "professional psychology in the U.S." focuses on when things go wrong or "the manipulative vision of B.F. Skinner." Csikszentmihalyi advocated focusing on what makes life worth living. “This disagreement seemed to me to lay the groundwork for one of the defining conflicts in the world today. We now live in a world dominated by technologies based on B. F. Skinner’s vision of how the human mind works. His insight—that you can train living creatures to desperately crave arbitrary rewards—has come to dominate our environment.” More on manipulation further down...

[side trip... Hari said] The French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said that when she became an atheist, it felt like the world had fallen silent”
I couldn't find anything resembling that quote when I searched.

“If you’re not sleeping well, your body interprets that as an emergency,” Roxanne said. “You can deprive yourself of sleep and live.”

(3) Sleep deprivation is a big factor in loss of focus.

(4) “As a result, [Norwegian professor of literacy] Anne [Mangen] told me, she is worried we are now losing “our ability to read long texts anymore,” and we are also losing our “cognitive patience…[and] the stamina and the ability to deal with cognitively challenging texts.” When I [Hari] was at Harvard conducting interviews, one professor told me that he struggled to get his students there to read even quite short books, and he increasingly offered them podcasts and YouTube clips they could watch instead.” Podcasts and YouTube. Ouch.

{I mourn the accelerating trend away from reading book.}

[University of Toronto professor Raymond Mar concluded from studies] “The more novels you read, the better you were at reading other people’s emotions. It was a huge effect. This wasn’t just a sign that you were better educated—because reading nonfiction books, by contrast, had no effect on your empathy.”
{Huh? What if the group just happened to be more empathetic? Does that drive the desire to read novels? People who then read more novels might still be more empathetic, but the correlation of novels being the reason for empathy could be wrong.}

(5) Hari contradicts himself here by saying “I would never wait two minutes in a store without looking at my phone or reading a book. The idea of not filling every minute with stimulation panicked me, and I found it weird when I saw other people not doing it." Why does he equate reading a book with filling every minute with stimulation? His earlier chapter was about how not reading a book is bad! And as if he anticipated my note, “When you read a book—as you are doing now—you obviously focus on the individual words and sentences, but there’s always a little bit of your mind that is wandering. You are thinking about how these words relate to your own life. You are thinking about how these sentences relate to what I said in previous chapters. You are thinking about what I might say next. You are wondering if what I am saying is full of contradictions, or whether it will all come together in the end.” But, mind-wandering seems to be necessary for absorption and processing. “Having enough mental space to roam is essential for you to be able to understand a book.”

On a study of how people feel when doing everyday things using a custom app, “People would get random prompts from the app that would ask: “What are you doing now?” They would then be asked to rank how they felt” {I would find an app that tracks distraction distracting.}

(6) Technology tracking. It's ubiquitous. And it is by design. And while there may be a conscience...“One day, James Williams—the former Google strategist I met—addressed an audience of hundreds of leading tech designers and asked them a simple question: “How many of you want to live in the world you are designing?” There was a silence in the room. People looked around them. Nobody put up their hand.”

Tristan Harris, former Google engineer testified before the U.S. Senate and asked
“How can we solve the world’s most urgent problems if we’ve downgraded our attention spans, downgraded our capacity for complexity and nuance, downgraded our shared truth, downgraded our beliefs into conspiracy-theory thinking, where we can’t construct shared agendas to solve our problems? This is destroying our sense-making, at a time when we need it the most. And the reason why I’m here is because every day it’s incentivized to get worse.” ”
Incentivized. You know it is.

(7) Cruel optimism takes "a really big problem with deep causes in our culture - like obesity, or depression, or addiction - and you offer people, in upbeat language, a simplistic individual solution." My first thought was institutional gaslighting.

[Hari has a chapter here about the beginnings of a "Deeper Solution". I didn't really see it, but I highlighted this
Nir Eyal [tech designer, and naysayer of the problem] said: “Every generation has these moral panics, where we only want to look at the negative sides” of an issue. He told me, “Tristan is reading, literally verbatim, from the 1950s about the comic-book debate,” when many people believed that children were being made violent by a new wave of gory comics. In the 1950s, “people like Tristan went to the Senate and told the senators that comic books are turning children into addicted, hijacked [zombies]—literally, it’s the same stuff…. Today, we think of comic books as so innocuous.”
On this basis, he argues—and here he’s not alone—that the science that Tristan and Aza and other critics of the current tech business model draw on is incorrect. He believes that some of the social science I have drawn on in the past two chapters is garbled or wrong.”
I saw a huge problem with that false equivalency: comics were not ubiquitous nor were they 24/7 - and, comics may have had cliffhangers, but they were not designed to keep the attention, despite the panics of the day. There's a bit of juice in this chapter about how two FB internal analyses learned that pumping divisive content kept users engaged and increased their time on FB. Big surprise! The execs dismissed their own research because changing would destroy their business model.

(8) Stress should be obvious.

(9/10) Thanks to tetraethyllead in gasoline, “modern Americans by the 1970s were carrying more than six hundred times more lead in their bodies than preindustrial humans, and the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 68 million children were exposed to toxic levels of lead in the U.S. from leaded petrol alone between 1927 and 1987.” In the early 1990s, we had to remediate a known dumping spot for spent shot from a 19th century weapons range on a military base. As part of the process, we had to assess the background lead to know how far we had to go. Imagine our surprise to learn that the background lead levels were higher that the known spot! (The base was at one anchorage of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and a few dozen toll booths.)

Related, “I felt tempted, when I heard all this, to keep asking the scientists I interviewed: Okay, what products contain these pollutants, and how do I cut them out of my life? You say BPA coats metal cans—should I avoid metal cans? But Barbara Demeneix told me that trying to personally avoid pollutants today, at an individual level, is largely a fool’s errand in a landscape so filled with them.” Yep. Filled.

(11) “Sami says: “ADHD is not a diagnosis. It’s not a diagnosis. It’s just a description of certain behaviors that sometimes occur together. That’s all it is.” All you are saying, when a child has been diagnosed with ADHD, is that a child is struggling to focus. “It doesn’t tell you anything about the ‘why’ question.” “He believes you can only ethically give out drugs if you are also at the same time trying to solve the deeper problem.”
{Don't just fix the problem, find out what caused it.}

(12) “Lenore wanted to know: Now that they are effectively under house arrest, what are kids doing with the time they used to spend playing? One study of this found that this time is now overwhelmingly spent on homework (which exploded by 145 percent between 1981 and 1997)”
{In 1993, I was handed at parent/teacher night, a two inch thick stack of busy work for our first grader! and we spent two hours each night on homework. House arrest included us. (We switched to home educating after that.)}
Razinha | outras 19 resenhas | Mar 5, 2023 |
I was very skeptical about this book but it was recommended by someone whose opinion I respect so I read it. I think it is a fair analysis of important issues and brings some insights that are new to me and worth thinking about. I don't myself suffer from depression or (often) from anxiety but know people who do, and found useful ideas in this book.

I feared it would fall into one of two camps: either the "big medicine is a scam and I have the cure" camp or the "here's a tiny preliminary bit of research that's going to change the world" camp. Instead the author pulled together several lines of thought, giving full citations to the research papers for each, and proposed some helpful steps toward making changes in one's own life and society.
JudyGibson | outras 36 resenhas | Jan 26, 2023 |
I realized how controversial this book was as soon as I started talking about it to people in my life who have been diagnosed with depression. Challenging the strictly pharmaceutical approach to addressing depression is no small thing, and when I factor in that I’ve never been treated for depression, I feel...maybe not like the ideal person to sing the praises of this book or the ideas therein.
But since the ideas make a lot of sense to me, I’m going to sing a few praises and also note that the author speaks from the experience of someone who spent 15 years on antidepressants and was very hesitant to look for other answers to his problem.
The heart of this book can be summed up by this quote near the end.
You are not suffering from a chemical imbalance in your brain. You are suffering from a social and spiritual imbalance in how we live. Much more than you’ve been told up to now, it’s not serotonin; it’s society. It’s not your brain; it’s your pain. Your biology can make your stress worse, for sure. But it’s not the cause.

Half the book covers his search and discoveries of other possible causes of depression, and the last half consists of proposed solutions to each. While the first half made perfect sense to me, it was hard not to get discouraged by the solutions presented in the second half, some of which require huge societal and political shifts. I believe big changes can happen, and that a lot of what he talks about in the second half of the book needs to happen, but boy, it all sounds hard.
I believe the author recognizes this and tries to give the reader hope with the example of other major shifts that have made people’s lives better.
I’m not sure how to wrap things up except to say that the book offers great ideas, many of which will not be easily or quickly carried out.
There’s an extensive notes section at the end, and a lot of his references are from studies published in scholarly journals. I wish he’d provided a bibliography as well. There were lots of book recommendations within the notes, but a separate section listing his book references would have been great for a lazy person who didn’t jot them down when she should have.
Interesting side note: I’m taking a class on research and assessment that I’m having a very hard time applying to my professional life, but it has given me a good basis to understand his terminology when referring to the different research studies he used as source material. I guess the crazy amount of money going into grad school this semester is good for something.
Harks | outras 36 resenhas | Dec 17, 2022 |
This has been on my to-read list for a while, and I’m glad I finally got to it. I was impressed with his book Lost Connections, and this has a similar central theme, applying it to addiction rather than depression. The idea that both are rooted in a lack of positive human connections and/or a past of traumatic experiences makes a lot of sense to me.
This book does two equally important things: It promotes empathy and compassion for addicts, and it makes convincing arguments for decriminalizing and legalizing drugs. The latter has some trickier details to work out—I’m still thinking about them—but I’m 100% on board with the decriminalization of drug use.
I’m ashamed to think what my attitude toward drug addiction was before it hit close to home. Even after it affected me personally, my attitude toward addiction was angry and judgmental until I started reading up on it. It’s still hard to consistently respond with love when someone’s addictions make life stressful and hard, but I recognize it as the better way. This book spends a lot of time giving addicts a voice, and coming at the problem of addiction from a different angle.
Hari starts the book with the history of the war on drugs in America, and then explores the ramifications of it both here and abroad. It’s a sad history with equally sad results.
The book is filled with personal stories of people—addicts, crusaders, reformers, victims—whose lives have been affected by the war on drugs. It was a persuasive way to present alternative viewpoints and build empathy. The only chapter I really disliked was where the theories of Ronald K. Siegel were discussed. His theories about drug use just made me mad, and his animal experiments made me madder. He sounded like a crackpot to me.
That chapter aside, I was fascinated by this book, and I highly recommend it, especially for people who like Hari’s other work and are interested in alternatives to a war on drugs.
Harks | outras 25 resenhas | Dec 17, 2022 |
Fascinating, thought-provoking book. Hari investigates 12 causes of our increasingly disrupted and diminished focus and discusses individual and societal solutions.

As you can imagine, technology is a biggie—there are two chapters dedicated to it. One of things that stood out to me in these chapters is the guilt that people who’ve worked in the tech industry feel over what it’s doing to people and how tech giants design their products to hook people and keep them scrolling. Tristan Harris, who used to work for Google and appeared in The Social Dilemma, and Aza Raskin, inventor of infinite scroll, are two of the tech people Hari interviewed and spent a lot of time on in these chapters.

I won’t go through all 12 causes because that will make this review unbearably long. The book is well-researched, drawing on over 250 scientific studies (the book has about 35 pages of endnotes, but there are more on its website, along with recordings of the interviews he did). This is an important subject, and Hari writes persuasively and engagingly.
Harks | outras 19 resenhas | Dec 17, 2022 |
Johann Hari takes a stand against the commonly held belief that anxiety and depression are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Instead, he cites studies that have shown the causes to be cultural, environmental, and sociological. He recommends fixing the sources of depression through reconnecting with people, values, meaningful work, the natural world, a hopeful future, and respect/status. He contends we have lost these important forms of connection in our modern individualistic society.

This is a book of “big audacious claims;” however, I did not find it particularly innovative. Many others have pointed to people struggling with grief, poverty, and childhood traumas as being candidates to develop depression. Avoiding overreliance on social media, digital devices, and advertising are also fairly commonly espoused solutions, as is the value of mindfulness and talk therapy.

I enjoyed the success stories where people have connected with each other. These are uplifting and heartwarming stories of community activism, gardening groups, a small business collective, and several others. But these are anecdotes not proofs. Hari is a journalist, not a scientist. I would have appreciated more quotes containing evidence from the footnoted sources. Hari’s social solutions are oriented toward cultural changes that, as he admits, would be difficult to agree upon, fund, and implement.

In summary, this is not the scientific book that I thought it was when I picked it up. This is a topic of interest to me, and I have read many books with different approaches. In my opinion, the field is not as clear-cut as Hari paints it in this book. I recommend reading widely and consulting qualified professionals before making any health-related decisions or discontinuing any prescribed medications.

Castlelass | outras 36 resenhas | Oct 30, 2022 |
Do you judge people who you know are using drugs? Do you think drugs are evil? Do you think the war on drugs works? Did you know that Senator Joe McCarthy, the red-baiter, was a heroin addict, and that the inventer of the war on drugs, Harry Anslinger, assured him of a legal supply to protect him? In this extremely well-researched book, you will find out that drugs and drug users are not evil, drug prohibition IS. When drugs are regulated, their growth, manufacture, sales, and the problems that drug use cause go away. After all, do street vendors ID?
burritapal | outras 25 resenhas | Oct 23, 2022 |
The people of the world are losing their ability to pay attention, causing loss of ability to solve problems
Hari is alarmed by his own decreasing attention span, and explores many reasons why this might be so, focusing (a pun in this context) on the design of phone and computer apps. He travels and does interviews, talking with former app designers, biologists who believe that food additives and pollution contribute to the problem, and veers into false information on the internet and generated by governments. He argues for taking to the streets to demand action, and hews to a politically progressive agenda. I think his arguments for pollution and food additives causing attention loss are weak, and his prose seems simplistic, but the book does move along and is interesting.
neurodrew | outras 19 resenhas | Sep 7, 2022 |
Melodramatic title. Must-read content. The beginning is interesting--the in-depth investigation of addiction and consequences are important beyond words.
Adamantium | outras 25 resenhas | Aug 21, 2022 |