Your attention is a valuable commodity, says computer science professor Cal Newport. The more time you look at screens, the more companies such as Facebook and Twitter harvest your attention and sell it to advertisers. Digital tools are addictive, Newport argues, and companies enhance its stickiness. He proposes a way to enjoy digital technology while avoiding addiction and distraction: prune the clutter of tech in your life, take a 30-day tech sabbatical and regaining control of the tech you want after contemplating your values and goals. If you glanced at your phone in the last 15 minutes, you might benefit from Newport’s advice. If you looked at it before you finished this paragraph, you definitely will.
About the Author
Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, is also the author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You.