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Technology took away our ability to focus, but Johann Hari says it's not too late to get it back
How many times have you checked your phone in the last hour? Can you make it through a single chapter of a book without distraction? Author and journalist Johann Hari says it's not your fault. In his new book Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again, Hari argues our attention has been stolen from us by tech companies and by the constantly increasing demands of our work and home lives – leading to less sleep, more stress and the feeling that we are powerless to unplug. Hari joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about his own journey to recapture his focus, his subsequent investigation into our collective loss of attention and what it's going to take to get it back again.