Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/02/attention-span-focus-screens-apps-smartphones-social-media
@chris fantastic read, and exactly what I've been struggling with for a while now. It's reassuring to know that my degraded ability to focus isn't entirely my fault. I agree with the author, we need to work collectively to change the expectations. We need to reclaim our attention from those who would hijack it for profit or influence.
@dallin I agree. As an American, though, I can't help but think the idea of doing anything collectively is nothing more than an artifact of history. In a society where the only thing that matters is "me" can we really change the course of something like this?
@chris valid concern. The response of Americans to the COVID-19 pandemic sure has shed some uncomfortable light on how "rugged individualism" can be taken too far, and how misunderstood the concept of freedom really is. Freedom doesn't mean being able to do whatever you want whenever you want. Freedom means being willing and able to self-govern.
"The lack of internal control by individuals breeds external control by governments." -- D. Todd Christofferson
@chris I'll be blogging about this link in the coming days. I've been taking drastic measures over the last few weeks - this article couldn't have come at a better time for me to assure myself I'm doing the right thing.
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