This decades-old parenting advice shows it’s not your phone killing your concentration—it’s your damn kids

You may have had this experience: finally settling down with that book you’ve been meaning to read or the paperwork you’ve been meaning to do, only to find that you just can’t focus. If there are other demands on your attention—kids, for example—sustained concentration can seem near impossible.

This unpleasant problem feels like a modern one, and research backs that up, suggesting our digital addictions are destroying our ability to concentrate. But if it makes you feel any bette

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