Attention is a valuable commodity in the digital age — and companies are taking ours without our permission, according to this thought-provoking article on Wired.

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“Attention theft happens anywhere you find your time and attention taken without consent,” Tim Wu writes, using Gas Station TV (those tiny screens that play while you’re filling up your tank) as an example. It can happen in any situation where you have no choice in whether the screens in your face are on or off. Attention theft is more than a mere annoyance, Wu writes, as research suggests it could affect us on a neurological level.

Thrive Global recently dove into the attention economy for our Time Well Spent section, an exploration of how our screen addiction is by design and what we can do to fix the problem.

Read the rest of the Wired article here and learn more about Time Well Spent here.

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