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The Distraction Trap by Frances Booth

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CHAPTER 4

Assess

I predict that spending so much time in cyberspace will inevitably lead to minds very different from any others in human history. SUSAN GREENFIELD

HOW DIGITALLY DISTRACTED ARE YOU? Digital distraction occurs on a spectrum – from non-digital users who are not distracted at all, to users who have severe Internet addiction.

The danger is that we focus on Internet addiction, thinking of it as a severe problem, and don’t notice that a milder form we ourselves may be suffering also has serious consequences.

Our behaviour does not need to be defined as full-blown addiction to be damaging.

Just because we don’t meet the criteria for addiction doesn’t mean aspects of our psychology are not affected. And it doesn’t mean we are immune ...

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