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When Distraction is a Good Thing

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 difference between healthy and destructive behavior: Do you play to escape your real life, or do you play to make your real life better?

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When Distraction is a Good Thing

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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 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.

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 us stay fit: taking our minds off the pain of physical exercise, with music or television, can improve performance and endurance.
  • Digital distractions and personal technology can also help us develop our ability to take on challenges in the future and build up our courage.

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Boredom is unused potential

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Embracing busyness to escape boredom

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Being busy is a tricky form of entertainment however — we don’t feel the boredom, but it isn’t fun either.

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Attention = Focusing + Ignoring

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Suppressing distraction gets harder with age

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As we grow older we get more and more distracted. 

Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

When your eyes are closed, your brain isn’t working as hard to filter out visual information. So: 

  • Use one screen, one browser window, and one computer program at a time.
  • Keep your physical and virtual desktop tidy.

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