When the world is distracted, it’s not just us, says Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, the BJP prime minister, is being praised for having brought the attention span back to the human brain after decades of being distracted by screens and digital distractions.

In his recent address to the world, Mr Modi took a swipe at the “digital revolution”, saying it is not just about consuming information and watching TV, it is about our lives being “translated into digital images and videos” and “the very act of sitting down to read or watch a programme can be interrupted or diverted”.

This has been an issue for a long time.

It’s no longer about the technology, but rather about our daily lives, Mr Harper said.

He cited research by his team, which found that people were more likely to be distracted by TV, phones, laptops and social media while walking, driving and doing other everyday activities.

“We need to get people back to their everyday lives and take advantage of the opportunities that technology has to make our lives more fulfilling,” Mr Harper told the annual Asia Society summit.

Mr Harper said this focus on the brain and its brain-like connections, which are also the foundation of our sense of time, would help ensure that the world will be more engaged, productive and prosperous.

“It’s a matter of a little bit of the brain being a little more engaged and being able to be engaged in a way that it’s been the case for a lot of the last 40 years,” Mr Trudeau said.

Mr Harper also praised the human attention spans of nations, saying it was time for the world to take a look at what makes us tick.

He said the world has moved from a time of “wasting time and doing nothing to a time where we are engaged in the world and it’s becoming easier to engage with it and to engage our world.”

“The question is: What’s our role?

What’s the world doing?

What is our place in the system?

And if you’re going to be in the centre of the universe, you’ve got to be involved in the process of being involved,” he said.