May 26, 2017

The Internet is rewiring your mind

If you find you're spending too much time on the Internet, there are 2 useful YouTube videos that will give you some motivation to wean yourself off your addiction.

How the Internet Redesigns your Mind for enhanced distractibility, 

'There's no need to "quit" it, just be aware of how it affects you."  "To reach enhanced levels of productivity and be successful in your professional or artistic pursuits, you really need to carve out long periods (2 hours) of time where you can work absolutely focused - no interruptions whatsoever."

How the Internet Ruins Productivity (by Design)

Content on the internet is purposely designed to be addicting. Simply changing the way we use the internet could be the productivity 'hack' that we're looking for.

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”  – Cal Newport from the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.

Instagram is the most detrimental social media platform to young people's mental health

Researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health in conjunction with the Young Health Movement published the report entitled #StatusOfMind, which looks at the positive and negative effects of social media on young people's health and well-being. Snapchat ranked the second worst for mental health of the sites reviewed in the report, followed by Facebook. On the plus side, YouTube topped the list as the most positive, with Twitter coming in after it.
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"Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people's mental health issues," Shirley Cramer, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said.  She noted that both Instagram and Snapchat "are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people."
Posted by Jill Fallon at May 26, 2017 5:22 PM | Permalink