Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.84 × 2.56 × 0.49 in
Published: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316208264
ISBN - 13: 9780316208260
From the Publisher
The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age
that feels busier and more distracting by the day?
We''ve all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table,
holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting
hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended.
Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is
a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our
age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence,
attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru,
says yes. THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION is packed with fascinating
studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it''s
breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to
take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about
the ways to tune in without tuning out.
About the Author
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent the past twenty years studying
people, technology, and the worlds they make. A professional
futurist with a PhD in the history of science, Pang is a former
Microsoft Research fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford and
Oxford universities, and a senior consultant at Strategic Business
Insights, a Silicon Valley-based think tank. Pang''s writings have
appeared in Scientific American, American
Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, as
well as in many academic publications.
"The Distraction Addiction is guaranteed to distract and
provoke us from the normal clichés of the day. It stretches our
understanding of technological affordances and the extended mind,
bringing into reality what we usually think of philosophically.
Read this book and be surprised and delighted by its deeply
humanist sensibilities." -- John Seely Brown, co-author of The
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