We all know focusing on a task is something we do actively. But did you know that ignoring distractions while working on that task is also an active process?
This could be ignoring your phone's notifications. It could even be just the thought of your smartphone that keeps distracting you. The act of ignoring these distractions is something your brain is doing actively.
Or simply put, the more distractions that your brain needs to mute, the less attention span is left to do the job at hand — t…
Did you know that the need for new knowledge is driven by the same reward system that drove our ancestors to forage for food in winter?
Knowledge really is that important for us humans, the more you know the better.
But with smartphones and all the knowledge so readily available all the time, are we still optimizing? Are the most curious amongst us still the smartest?
Or are we living in a time where being the most curious no longer puts you ahead of the game, but simply makes you the most…
I remember when smartphones first came out. Before they did my patients most often suffered from anxiety or depression. Within a year, most of them complained that they felt stressed out. This was my observation. Not surprising. How could we not feel stressed out by suddenly adding hours of daily screentime to an already full schedule?
If you look through your phone statistics, it will show you exactly how much time you spent last week on your phone - and on what. You know what, you could be s…
Have you ever been so absorbed in your smartphone that you didn’t really listen when your loved ones talked to you?
In that case, you might even recognise the look in their eyes when they realise that you have heard absolutely nothing of the very important story they just finished telling you.
This is what smartphone addiction does to you, and your family life.
It takes away your focus- and your ability to be truly present with the ones that matter the most to you.
To be fair if we look …
The other day I was a little miffed with Jason. You see I had asked him the same question several times with no reply and it started to really annoy me. He, in turn, insisted that he answered me a while back. I, of course, accused him of having a poor memory – until I found his reply (sent two weeks ago).
I had absolutely no memory of ever receiving his text. My best guess is that I have been distracted by other things while reading it.
This reminded me of the problems with multitasking. …
Smartphones are sold as a means of connecting people. This may be true, when someone is far away. But how does it affect how we relate to people, especially those who are most important to us, or very simply, who are right there with us?
Lets start with people who don’t know each other that well. Several studies have found that the presence of a smartphone affects the quality of interactions between strangers.
In one study researchers had two strangers talking, while either placing their …