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Mindfulness In Our Digital Lives

Mindfulness In Our Digital Lives

The smartphone, the laptop and now the smartwatch is filled with a constant stream of distractions.

If the mind is always engaged in something, without a single moment of pause or reflection, it becomes jaded, unable to experience life with wonder and curiosity.

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We need to ask ourselves the following:

  1. What is my actual experience with technology? It includes how we feel when we scroll through the news or social media feeds.
  2. What goes on in my body when I use technology? We need to pause and notice how we breathe or if we are holding our breath or standing in a wrong posture just because we are engaged with our phone.
  3. Does everything need a solution? Tech solutionism refers to viewing everyday activities and experiences as problems and then trying to fix them with technology. Everything is not a problem that needs optimization.

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Instead of being egocentric and forever trapped in the cycle of voyeurism and narcissism in the many social media platforms, we need to use digital technologies to streamline and solve the many real challenges the world is grappling with.

  • Social injustice, inequality, environmental degradation and other serious issues facing humanity must find their way in our clicks.
  • Instead of being a slave to algorithms, we need to get technology to work for the greater good and be mindful of what we do online all the time.
  • Even if we cannot do something, at least we can say something.

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The Internet can make you feel fractured

The internet can open us up to so many things that we would have never seen otherwise. There's funny animal videos, plant parent groups, and information on movements. But there's also hate speech, harassment, misinformation etc.

The internet can also divide our attention and make us feel fragmented.

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Shortening Of Our Attention Spans

Digital technology is shortening our attention span, according to various studies in the past decade. It is also making us distracted to the point of absurdity.

One more negative effect of digital technology and social media on us is that we may be not paying attention to stuff that really matters, which makes us less empathetic and decreases our morality.

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