Do you make it a point to regularly unplug from your devices? Take a break from your digital life by putting your phone away and asking others to hold you to the commitment. Stanford Lecturer Kelly McGonigal explores the science of technology addiction: http://stnfd.biz/mJH6I
It’s a new docu-series on netflix where Chelsea Handler picks a few topics and explores them.
One topic that got me thinking in particular was the Silicon Valley episode.
She talks a lot about how technology has changed our brains, and shortened our attention spans. That’s why videos keep getting shorter, people read less, people commit fewer things to memory because our phones will do all of these things for us.
It really hit home for me. I have noticed the more attached I get to my computer/phone, the less happy I am. I get so caught up in what random internet people think of things, I put all my ideas and reminders in my email, pinterest, photos on instagram and facebook, articulate career thoughts on my tumblr blog, it’s too much.
I have found that immersing myself in a hobby makes me the happiest. Writing something cohesive, learning a new challenging concept in my field of study, making jewelry, reading an entire book, going for a walk, having a long conversation with a friend…those things make me happiest. But these short blips of information speeding by me are extremely distracting and flashy so they’ll be interesting enough to catch my attention, but not substantive enough to make me feel I really gained anything from devoting attention to it.
Technology is dumbing me down and distracting me. It’s pulling my brain in too many directions, making trivial things feel important, and making me constantly feel like I’m never doing enough.
I feel like this is all heading toward the conclusion that I’m just getting old. Technology is passing me by and I can’t keep up with the current pace. But really, should I even want to go at this ever-increasing pace? It doesn’t seem healthy.
My intention (no hard goals, just a hope) is to distance myself from technology addiction. I want to work toward using my phone as a phone only. I want to lower the amount of distractions in my life so I can focus and think things through. I want to reduce the amount of stress affecting me, and learn to be happy with my circumstances because in reality, they are great.
I want to be more present when I’m around people. My short attention span has made it hard for me to fully listen to people and give thoughtful responses. I know I’m smart and socially capable so I am able to get through conversations without thinking too much, but I’m doing myself and those I’m interacting with me a disservice. They’re not seeing who I really am, they’re seeing autopilot distracted me.
My eyes open and I look for my phone The fat on the backs of my hands has by this point Dwindled to none. Sea green veins, sometimes blue, Bend over backwards On top of the tendons. My hands still work But they’re delicate like porcelain. I’m 18 but these fingers feel 87. A wrist sprain, nonpermanent ache. I stretch my fingers and adjust my brace.