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 anxious before surgery. And engaging in video games at that moment helps them direct their attention away from their fear and towards the challenge of the game.
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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 difference between healthy and destructive behavior: Do you play to escape your real life, or do you play to make your real life better?
When we become distracted we lose our focus and it interrupts our attention. When distractions become a habit, we are then unable to sustain the focus required to finish the tasks efficiently.
We also lose time for our friends and loved ones, we miss out on cultivating these relationships for our well-being.
Some distractions may include:
Forgive. Research indicates that forgiveness makes you less angry and more healthy.
Paying attention involves two separate distinct brain functions:
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