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Digital Distraction Ben Klocek
The Challenges 
• Information Overload 
• Constant Distraction 
• Social Media Anxiety 
• Alone Together 
• Inner Life 
fl...
Information Overload “Informed bewilderment”
Information Fatigue My brain couldn’t keep up
Information Overload: 
Strategy 
• Acknowledge that it's not 
possible to keep up. There's 
more info created each day 
th...
Constant Distraction Tuned in and tuned out.
Distraction: Strategy 
• Come back to your body. 
• Do one thing at a time and 
know why you are doing it. 
• Plan times t...
“Yes, master” Who’s in charge?
Social Media Anxiety Maintaining your “second” self.
Social Media Anxiety: 
Strategy 
• Remember that you are managing 
two identities, online and off. 
• Remember that people...
Alone Together “It has become appallingly obvious that our 
technology has exceeded our humanity” 
- Albert Einstein
Alone Together: 
Strategy 
• Agree with your friends on 
when it’s ok for each of you to 
be on your devices and when 
it’...
Inner Life Spend time with yourself.
Inner Life: Strategy 
• Take a walk alone without your 
phone. 
• One day a week tech-free 
(I do Sunday). 
• Do art.
It’s up to you. “How we spend our days is, of course, how 
we spend our lives.” 
- Annie Dillard
Life and the Challenges of Digital Distraction
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Life and the Challenges of Digital Distraction

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Now that we carry tiny computers around in our pockets, that constantly ask for our attention, it is more critical than ever, that we consciously choose the relationship we want to have with it.

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Life and the Challenges of Digital Distraction

  1. 1. Digital Distraction Ben Klocek
  2. 2. The Challenges • Information Overload • Constant Distraction • Social Media Anxiety • Alone Together • Inner Life flickr.com/photos/lukew/6171377827/
  3. 3. Information Overload “Informed bewilderment”
  4. 4. Information Fatigue My brain couldn’t keep up
  5. 5. Information Overload: Strategy • Acknowledge that it's not possible to keep up. There's more info created each day than you can read in a year. • Choose your sources wisely, budget the time you spend online, and when you feel your mind getting tired, move on. • Take up an artistic practice. The time spent on aesthetic creation gives your mind a break.
  6. 6. Constant Distraction Tuned in and tuned out.
  7. 7. Distraction: Strategy • Come back to your body. • Do one thing at a time and know why you are doing it. • Plan times to be plugged in, and times to be unplugged. Stick to the plan. • Spend time in nature without devices. • Create a “Distraction” folder on you phone for FB, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  8. 8. “Yes, master” Who’s in charge?
  9. 9. Social Media Anxiety Maintaining your “second” self.
  10. 10. Social Media Anxiety: Strategy • Remember that you are managing two identities, online and off. • Remember that people are likely to only post things that make them look good. • Be aware of how much benefit you are actually receiving from participating. • Choose to respond when it’s convenient to you. • FOMOs: Fear Of Missing Out. Acknowledge that you can’t ready every post.
  11. 11. Alone Together “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” - Albert Einstein
  12. 12. Alone Together: Strategy • Agree with your friends on when it’s ok for each of you to be on your devices and when it’s not. • Make certain areas of your house (like the kitchen and dining room) device-free. • For friends or couples, plan times to be unplugged together. • Restaurant phone stacking. First to pick up, pays.
  13. 13. Inner Life Spend time with yourself.
  14. 14. Inner Life: Strategy • Take a walk alone without your phone. • One day a week tech-free (I do Sunday). • Do art.
  15. 15. It’s up to you. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie Dillard

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