Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey - a good book

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fohat
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25 Sep 2018, 14:04

I am reading a small short but very interesting book, "Hyperfocus" by Chris Bailey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36959766-hyperfocus which I will happily recommend to anybody here who likes to read.

It reminds me of another small book I read earlier this year, "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" by Jaron Lanier https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/378 ... -right-now and both of them address the bizarre and antisocial things that are happening to us as a society due to the influence of modern technology.

But the reason for this thread is an incidental comment by Bailey as he was casually listing a few online "distractions" that he had allowed himself to indulge in that morning, and one of them was checking reddit, "specifically the mechanical keyboards subreddit"

So, Chris, are you a denizen here as well? You don't have to answer in public, but I am hoping that you know that a good keyboard is more productive and less distracting, allowing greater focus and productivity!

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Muirium
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25 Sep 2018, 16:20

I suspect I'd need a log cabin out in the mountains to get the focus I forever pine for. I don't use Facebook or Twitter—haven't for donkey's years—but it's IRL distractions that forever get in my way.

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fohat
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25 Sep 2018, 17:18

Don't judge the 2nd book by the title. It was written by an original old-school tech pioneer and is focused on the impact that these communication systems are having on our society.

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DrPsyche

22 Jan 2019, 14:09

fohat wrote:
25 Sep 2018, 14:04
I am reading a small short but very interesting book, "Hyperfocus" by Chris Bailey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36959766-hyperfocus which I will happily recommend to anybody here who likes to read.

It reminds me of another small book I read earlier this year, "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" by Jaron Lanier https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/378 ... right-now-reviews and both of them address the bizarre and antisocial things that are happening to us as a society due to the influence of modern technology.

But the reason for this thread is an incidental comment by Bailey as he was casually listing a few online "distractions" that he had allowed himself to indulge in that morning, and one of them was checking reddit, "specifically the mechanical keyboards subreddit"

So, Chris, are you a denizen here as well? You don't have to answer in public, but I am hoping that you know that a good keyboard is more productive and less distracting, allowing greater focus and productivity!
These two books just reminded me of the movie called The Circle (2017) - a techno-thriller. Seems to me suchlike ideas are not sci-fi anymore. And who knows where this "personal information explosion" on social media can lead us to.

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adhoc

29 Jan 2019, 08:06

I can’t delete my social media accounts. I just can’t. No, I mean literally, I never created any to begin with.

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