Monday, November 22, 2010

More articles on the digital revolution and how we think and react

More revelations, revoltings, revolutions, rambling and riveting thoughts:

"We can tap into 50 million websites, 2.5 million books in print, 75 million blogs, and other snowstorms of information, but we increasingly seek knowledge in Google searches and Yahoo! headlines that we gulp on the run. We can contact millions of people around the globe, yet we increasingly connect with even our most intimate friends and family via instant messaging and fleeting meetings that are rescheduled a half dozen times, then when they do occur are punctuated by pings, beeps, and multitasking."
From an UTNE article called A Nation Distracted by Maggie Jackson. It is really worth reading. 

Attention has created the experience and the self stored in your memory; looking ahead, what you focus on will create the life and person yet to be. Psychology has mostly examined our pasts to explain and improve our lives. If you think in terms of the present and future instead, you might encounter an intuition lurking in your mind, as it was in mine: If you could just stay focused on the right things, your life would stop feeling like a reaction to stuff that happens to you and become something that you create—not a series of accidents, but a work of art.
From an UTNE article called The Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher. It is also really worth reading.

People who are zoning out (so deeply they aren’t aware of it until they’re asked) exhibit a signature blast of brain activity, specifically in areas associated with goals, decision making, and long-term thinking. 
From an UTNE article called Stop Paying Attention by UTNE staff. Fascinating stuff about why it is good to let the mind wander sometimes. 

But be aware if you are an introvert, because some psychologists and WHO then might think you have a problem.

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