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8 April 2013
Everyone agrees that it's infuriating to try to speak to someone who can barely lift their eyes from their iPhone, but who can swear they've never been the one who 'simply must' check up on something online?
This book is a sobering survey of the way in which digital communication technology has changed the way we work and live, concentrating on the overlooked problems rather than the much-trumpeted benefits. There are peceptive thoughts on 'diagnosing' digital distraction - even as someone who doesn't consider themselves to be constantly plugged in I recognised the itch to check status updates, the conversation starters that come from social media and the (empty?) validation that comes from online interaction. The bulk of the book is devoted to a nine-step programme to break the habit. Some tips are more practical than others (and much will depend on the individual's work environment) but I suspect almost everyone could benefit from applying this clear-thinking approach to their own digital lives.
Personally, I found the most engaging parts of the book were in the last couple of chapters, where the author concentrates on distraction and focus more broadly and presents a compelling and positive vision of how we can work (and live) productively, healthily and happily in the future.
This accessible work by an expert author represents one of the first attempts to grapple with the crucial issues raised by digital communication technology. That technology is changing so quickly that in a few years' time some parts of the book may well seem naive or simply wrong. However, Frances Booth is to be appluaded for making such a well-researched and articulate contribution to a debate that will shape the future for all of us.
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