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The Distraction Trap by Frances Booth

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CHAPTER 1

The way we live

If you’re in the room, be in the room. NIGEL RISNER

THE SMELL OF COOKING IS coming from the kitchen, as an easy conversation flows back and forth. It is a summer evening, a rare chance for some quality time. Beep. Beep. There goes the smartphone. For some reason, you immediately go to it.

‘Hmm… what was that?’ you say, not listening, as you check your email (which isn’t important), and notice another email (that could wait), and allow your attention to wander off. You start checking through all your emails. Then, to answer something, you head to Google. It’ll only take a minute. And while you’re there…

What about your conversation? Where might it have gone? What about your memories of that evening? They, too, have ...

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