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When Distraction is a Good Thing
Is distraction a good thing? Research shows that some games can redirect our attention from craving triggers and reduce cravings for addictive drugs.

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Distractions Can Ease Pain

Our brains have a limited ability to focus. So distractions can be a powerful tool for reducing the impact of painful or negative experiences.

For example, children are notoriously ...

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Distractions Can Make Us Better

  • Distractions can be used to control our urges and impulses: certain games like Tetris can help reduce cravings for fatty foods and even addictive drugs.
  • Distractions can help...

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When Distractions Are Destructive

Whether personal technology distractions are a force for good depends on why and how we use them.

Identifying why and how you engage with personal technology may be the differenc...

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