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Why Is It So Hard to Unplug from the Digital World?

Why Is It So Hard to Unplug from the Digital World? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Our digital virtual world may be overshadowing our real personal world.

Via Susan Taylor
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Do we want to use words like addiction to describe our dependence on useful tool? Or do we need to learn when and what makes technology useful in a particular context?

 

Watch the adults using technology. What role model do they provide? It is not enough to talk. We need to show the way.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 13, 9:19 AM

When people are asked to unplug for 24 hours, there are typically two responses: (1) Most are unwilling to unplug; and (2) Most are functionally not capable of it.

 

Why is it so incredibly difficult to unplug from our virtual world?

 

According to Ray Williams, we are wired for success.  It's not that technology has forced us to be dependent or addicted to technology as if we are victims to it.  What Williams has found is that people "have redefined their identity with the belief that you can only be successful and important if you are plugged in 24/7."

 

With this, "an equal amount of time and energy has not been spent developing greater self-awareness" and inner connection.  The results?  A sense of feeling lost.  A search for greater meaning.  And not being sure who you really are.

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Finding Focus in a Distracted World

Finding Focus in a Distracted World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In this Age of Distraction, being able to pay attention is a competitive advantage. Our tips on finding laser-like focus for your creative projects.

Via Susan Taylor
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The opening quote from Herbert Simon is a telling one. Without mindfulness and presence, we become impoverished in our ability to effectively discern in a world full of information.

 

We can find whatever we want on the Internet, but what does that mean?

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 8, 1:46 PM

This is Age of Information.  It is also the Age of Distraction.

 

We are "on" 24/7 -- confronted with vast amounts of information on a continuous basis every single day.  Some of our workplaces have open-plan cubicles, bringing with them the noise of others' activities. The Internet provides an infinite source of distraction. And smartphones have increased our ability to obtain new information any place and anywhere at any time.

 

"In a world filled with distraction, attention is our competitive advantage". To help you stay on task, Jocelyn Glei has pulled together a selection of top tips to help you find focus in a distracted world.