Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

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Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

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Does your brain feel a bit like a marshmallow lately? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Do you pick up your phone only to find that an hour has passed and you’re down some obscure rabbit hole that’s landed you on the Facebook page of your high school English teacher and you’ve forgotten why you picked up your phone in the first place? You're not alone.

It has been SO HARD to focus lately. So hard to hold our attention for longer than a goldfish can. Is it COVID? Is it technology? And….is it our fault?

If you ask Mia's guest today, Johann Hari, author of the best-selling book Stolen Focus - he’ll tell you it’s not. Because we haven’t lost our focus… it’s not like something we misplaced. Our focus has deliberately been stolen from us.

And this is how to get it back.


With thanks to Johann Hari. Stolen Focus is available now at all good book stores.

And if you’d like to listen to some of Johann's interviews with the experts, go to

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