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Ever Forward Radio with Chase Chewning

Welcome to EVER FORWARD RADIO! The podcast that brings you empowering messages and interviews from industry leaders of fitness, nutrition, mindset, entrepreneurship and personal development to help you life a life ever forward.

Feb 13, 2023

How many tabs, browsers, and apps do you have open right now? Do you ever notice how glued we are to our devices, yet it’s so hard to even focus on what’s on our screens? You’re not the only one… it has become a way of life for so many of us in the Digital Age. So, what do we do about it?

Gloria Mark debunks popular myths about focus and attention span and reveals the science behind why multitasking is a lie. She talks about why mindless scrolling isn’t a total waste of time and why digital detoxes aren’t as impactful as we think. Plus, Gloria teaches you two ways to gain more agency over your attention.

Dr. Gloria Mark, PhD is a psychologist and professor at UC Irvine who studies human-computer interaction (HCI), which essentially is our relationship to our devices. Gloria is also the author of “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity”, which debunks popular myths about our attention and technology, then teaches you how to use your technologies and maintain a healthy psychological balance.


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Key Highlights

  • Does multitasking actually help you get more done? Do some people really thrive when multitasking? Are women better multitaskers than men? To answer these questions, Gloria breaks down the concept of controlled information processing, which proves that multitasking is not as productive and beneficial as you think.
  • Gloria summarizes her research on human attention span and remote work. Then, she dissects the three pillars of focus and attention: the anatomy of attention, underlying forces of distraction, and focused rhythm and balance.
  • Are digital detoxes actually beneficial? Do digital detoxes increase our focus and attention span? Tune in to hear Gloria’s thoughts!
  • Meta awareness and self-regulation are tools you can use to stay conscious of your behaviors and achieve agency over your attention and focus. 
  • Gloria debunks these four MYTHS about attention and technology


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