Today is Monday. Today, Matt called 3 times. He likes to read and discuss his opinions and ideas. That is why it is so difficult for him to be relegated to a certain amount of minutes per month. Today, he was talking about an article in the Guardian by Paul Lewis. Social media has been engineered to addict and distract.
“Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention.
by Paul Lewis in San Francisco”
Do you find yourself tied to your phone constantly? Do you find it difficult to avoid Facebook for one day?
“Rosenstein, who also helped create Gchat during a stint at Google, and now leads a San Francisco-based company that improves office productivity, appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day.
There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”
Do you know what this says to me? Ditch the phone for a day or two and go out and make a difference in someone’s life. Read a hard copy article, read a book. Find some people to sit down and have a discussion over coffee or pizza.
Let’s be a community that spends time listening to others instead of being absorbed in our devices that connect to our social media accounts.
To my friends who came to spend time eating at my table, discussing their ideas and giving me great hugs: that’s my idea of perfect socializing.
Take a read and unplug for awhile.
blessings and peace 🙂