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Technology Is Making It Harder to Be a Moral Person

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Evidence indicates that devices are having negative effects, such as sustaining uninterrupted attention or even noticing things in the first place.

Multiple studies have suggested that digital technology is shortening our attention spans and making us more distracted.

What if it's also making us less empathetic, less prone to ethical action? What if it's degrading our capacity for moral attention—the capacity to notice the morally salient features of a given situation so that we can respond appropriately?

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