Vanishing arts: Concentration

We check our phones many times during the day. Even though this seems very normal for us, these interruptions and distractions have eroded our ability to concentrate.

In 2005, research carried out by Dr. Glenn Wilson found that those distracted by emails and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQ, twice that found in studies on the impact of smoking marijuana. Constant interruptions can have the same effect as the loss of a night’s sleep.

What Nicholas Carr wrote in his article in the Atlantic is stunning and real. He says, he was better at immersing himself in a book or a lengthy article however nowadays it became a struggle for him. Do you know this feeling? I do.

In August 2018, a research reported that people check their smartphones on average every 12 minutes during their waking hours. Therefore, Facebook and Instagram announced they were developing new tools designed to limit usage in response to claims that excessive social media use can have a negative impact on mental health.

Continuous partial attention – or CPA – was a phrase coined by the ex-Apple and Microsoft consultant Linda Stone. By adopting an always-on, anywhere, anytime, any place behavior, we exist in a constant state of alertness that scans the world but never really gives our full attention to anything.

What should we do?

In the article, you can find ways to get rid of it.

Here’s the article:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/14/the-lost-art-of-concentration-being-distracted-in-a-digital-world

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