Today’s technology offers incredible potential to demonstrate creative-productive giftedness, but as a society we have fallen victim to an unhealthy digital diet consuming massive amounts of screentime that often leaves us feeling bloated and unsatisfied. This session aims to present ways better have a healthier technology diet and reduce distractions, set goals, track progress, and get stuff done.
Why is it
else has to?
A lot of smartphone use seems to be habitual,
automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of.
ESTIMATED SMARTPHONE USE ACTUAL SMARTPHONE USE
Use can impair attention,
productivity and memory, dampen
creative thinking, increase stress
levels, reduce sleep quality and lead
to “cognitive errors” like forgetting
meetings and walking into people.
FOMOThe uneasy and sometimes
all-consuming feeling that you’re
missing out – that your peers are doing,
in the know about, or in possession of
more or something better than you.
MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes
that our brains are "not wired to
multitask well... when people think
they're multitasking, they're actually
just switching from one task to another
very rapidly. And every time they do,
there's a cognitive cost."
A study at the University Of London
showed that subjects who multitasked
while performing cognitive tasks
experienced signiﬁcant IQ drops. In
fact, the IQ drops were similar to what
you see in individuals who skip a night
of sleep or who smoke marijuana.
Multitasking has also been found to
increase production of cortisol, the
stress hormone. Having our brain
constantly shift gears pumps up
stress and tires us out, leaving us
feeling mentally exhausted (even
when the work day has barely begun).
Multitasking “comes with a
biological cost that ends up making
us feel tired much more quickly than
if we sustain attention on one thing.”
“People eat more, they take more
caffeine. Often what you really need in
that moment isn’t caffeine, but just a
break. If you aren’t taking regular breaks
every couple of hours, your brain won’t
beneﬁt from that extra cup of coffee.”