Attention Hijacked: Using Mindfulness to Reclaim Your Brain from Tech

Zest. May 2022. 200p. Tr $39.99. ISBN 9781728404677; pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781728417196.
Gr 7 Up–Marcus, a high school teacher, offers perspective, awareness, and activities in this title aimed at helping teens shift their relationship with technology from addiction to mindful engagement. This book guides teens to healthy tech habits by giving them agency to make informed choices. The text is presented in a creative layout with each chapter having framed panels—asides to readers—featuring journal prompts, tips for talking with parents, suggested social media accounts, and QR codes leading readers to audio meditations and mindful moments featuring the voice of the author. Readers will need to be familiar with technology and social media language as Marcus uses casual lingo such as “Insta” and “RPGs,” yet balances this jargon with scientific information about brain chemistry and hormone levels. Some pages feature cartoonlike illustrations that complement the text; these pictures are inclusive of race but not ability or body size.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for school and public libraries.

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