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Category Archives: Distracted

Interruptions Can Be Fatal

We’ve all heard of the distracted pilots who overshot the Minneapolis airport. But did you know that medical errors due to distraction place many people in danger every day?

A reader sent me a fascinating dispatch from the medical world on a series of San Francisco-area programs to reduce medical errors . . . read more

The Attention Movement – Something’s Stirring

Months ago, Cali Williams Yost had a wish. In her FastCompany blog, she hoped that Distracted would start an attention movement similar to the new environmentalism sparked by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. And indeed, wherever I speak, people everywhere are asking, ‘where do we start? How do we regain our focus and spark . . . read more

A Medley of Thoughts on … Slower Living

A New York Times piece on the toll that frenetic texting is having on teens’ sleep patterns, family lives and times for quiet, connected thinking.

A Wall Street Journal blog by a commuter who stopped in a busy train station to help an unconscious woman whose plight was ignored by hurried passersby.

A . . . read more

Listening to Distracted (the play)

      “Are you listening?” cries the father character in Distracted, a play I saw last weekend in New York. “Name one friend of ours who really listens,” he demands of his wife.

      This fast-paced and often funny play focuses on a couple who are trying to decide whether to medicate . . . read more

Is Facebook “infantilizing” Us?

No one likes to be called a baby, whether they are age five or 35. That’s one reason why recent comments by British neuroscientist Susan Greenfield that today’s technologies may be “infantilizing the brain” are inspiring heated debate – and plentiful misunderstanding. I don’t agree with all that she said about virtual social . . . read more

We’re Busy. We’re Productive. But In What Sense of the Word?

We’re so busy, so “productive,” ticking off items off our agendas, clicking through over-stuffed in-boxes. But in what sense are we productive ? Could it be that we are racing ahead in the most shallow senses of the word?

 This is a particularly timely question as we reap the fall-out from an era of . . . read more

We’re all Distracted

It’s been heartening and exciting to experience the launch of Distracted. The tremendous response – Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, New York Times – underscores our collective uneasiness with the steep and mounting costs to our overloaded and distracted lives.

I’ve been particularly intrigued by the spectrum of interest. Parents, educators, politicos, corporate leaders, and workers . . . read more

Distracted: Finding Focus in an ADD World

How did I come to write a book about attention — and our collective ADD?

The short answer is, I backed into the subject.

The Role of Technology — Overload, hurry, boundary-less living: these topics have been mainstays of my writing for the past decade. But a few years ago, I became fascinated by the . . . read more