When Distractions Are Destructive - Deepstash

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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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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  • 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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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:

  • Looking at notifications that pop up on our phone no matter where
  • Interrupting focused work to check email
  • Chatting with coworkers instead of finishing assigned task
  • Scrolling through social media when you planned to read a book

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Why digital detox isn't the solution
  • Digital detox works as short-term momentary solutions....smartphones & video games are trending culprits because even 2000 years ago Socrates complained of "forgetfulness in the learners' souls" caused by written words!
  • Solution - identifying & managing the psychological distractions leading us off track.
  • Most distractions begin from internal triggers like boredom, loneliness, fatigue, & uncertainty - things you're trying to avoid.
  • Learn how to control the way you react to these feelings.

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Forgive. Research indicates that forgiveness makes you less angry and more healthy.

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