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Are we addicted to online distraction?
Tuesday, 26th June 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Curated and led by Dr Hratch Tchilingirian
Contemporary Social & Ethical Issues Discussion Group
Do you find yourself opening a book at the end of the day and finding yourself reading the same paragraph over and over, a half dozen times before concluding that it is hopeless to continue. You simply can’t marshal the necessary focus? According to a survey,
the average white-collar worker spends about six hours a day on email, which does not include time online spent shopping, searching or keeping up with social media. One ex- pert explains that “we willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive”.
In this session we will discuss our engagement with the digital world and explore digital-free opportunities in our daily living.
Dr Hratch Tchilingirian is a sociologist and a scholar of Armenian and Middle Eastern studies. As a public intellectual, his research, thinking and projects aim to make heritage identity, culture and language a living experience, especially in diasporic life. Following his PhD in sociology at the London School of Economics, he was director of research on Eurasia at Cambridge (2003-2012). Since 2012, he is Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Oxford, He has lectured internationally and is the author of numerous academic studies and popular articles (www.hratch.info). Dr Tchilingirian has held executive positions in academic institutions and charitable organizations and has served communities in various capacities and leadership positions for over three decades. He remains engaged in community life and takes active part in many civic and professional projects.