Unplugging: Digital Detox
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Unplugging: Digital Detox
Reasons to unplug the digital world ... methods to calm the brainstorm ... living a life with mindfulness -- and less stress ...
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Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
But it is in this type of conversation — where we learn to make eye contact, to become aware of another person’s posture and tone, to comfort one another and respectfully challenge one another — that empathy and intimacy flourish. In these conversations, we learn who we are.
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The notion of "deep listening" -- where we are totally present and engaged with another's story -- has resonance to the ideas in this article.

 

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How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
A new study suggests there’s some science behind the claims made for mindfulness meditation.
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Interesting scientific basis to meditation:

"... follow-up brain scans showed differences in ... those who underwent mindfulness meditation. There was more activity, or communication, among the portions of their brains that process stress-related reactions and other areas related to focus and calm. Four months later, those who had practiced mindfulness showed much lower levels in their blood of a marker of unhealthy inflammation ..., even though few were still meditating."

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Essay: If you want to be more creative, humor us

Essay: If you want to be more creative, humor us | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

"... the best creative experts, in our experience, are improvisational sketch artists and professional comedians. These are people who are really engaging, whip smart and well ... funny. They act as a creative lubricant, immediately breaking down barriers and getting everyone in the room excited about the project at hand. They’re not afraid to throw out crazy ideas, which makes it easier for employees to turn off their self-critical voice and share new possibilities unabashedly."

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Some good suggestions in Paul Charney's article in the SF Chronicle 2/8/2016 about what helps spur creativity and innovative thinking:

1. Collaboration done well.

2. Exposure to novel stimuli.

3. Relaxation, including heavy doses of fun and laughter.

"There’s an important distinction to be made here: Having fun at work does not mean cool hoverboards, guest chefs and Foosball tables on every floor on a luxe corporate campus. The work itself needs to be more fun and engaging. In fact, those other perks can be distractions. If people can actually look forward to working, instead of merely stomaching it, productivity will soar."

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Addicted to Distraction

Addicted to Distraction | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
I was sitting in a restaurant with my family when a man in his early 40s came in and sat down with his daughter, perhaps 4 or 5 years old and adorable.

Almost immediately, the man turned his attention to his phone. Meanwhile, his daughter was a whirlwind of energy and restlessness, standing up on her seat, walking around the table, waving and making faces to get her father’s attention.

Except for brief moments, she didn’t succeed and after a while, she glumly gave up. The silence felt deafening.
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"I was sitting in a restaurant with my family when a man in his early 40s came in and sat down with his daughter, perhaps 4 or 5 years old and adorable.

 

Almost immediately, the man turned his attention to his phone. Meanwhile, his daughter was a whirlwind of energy and restlessness, standing up on her seat, walking around the table, waving and making faces to get her father’s attention.

 

Except for brief moments, she didn’t succeed and after a while, she glumly gave up. The silence felt deafening."

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Lecture Me. Really.

Lecture Me. Really. | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Listening continuously and taking notes for an hour is an unusual cognitive experience for most young people.
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"Professors should embrace — and even advertise — lecture courses as an exercise in mindfulness and attention building, a mental workout that counteracts the junk food of nonstop social media. More and more of my colleagues are banning the use of laptops in their classrooms. They say that despite initial grumbling, students usually praise the policy by the end of the semester. “I think the students value a break from their multitasking lives,” Andrew Delbanco, a professor of American Studies at Columbia University and an award-winning teacher, told me. “The classroom is an unusual space for them to be in: Here’s a person talking about complicated ideas and challenging books and trying not to dumb them down, not playing for laughs, requiring 60 minutes of focused attention.”

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Mindfulness study to track effect of meditation on 7,000 teenagers

Mindfulness study to track effect of meditation on 7,000 teenagers | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Psychologists and neuroscientists from Oxford University and University College London plan unprecedented trial of how mindfulness affects mental health
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Building Spiritual Capital

Building Spiritual Capital | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

Spiritual awareness is innate, and it is an important component in human development.

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Interesting look at spirituality as 30% genetics, 20% family environment, and 50% individual environment. Examines application and development in teenage years.

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Tweet from @GreenSunsetSF

Tweet from @GreenSunsetSF | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

Put down that phone ... and enjoy life!

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The story is that the photographer came across this couple rowing on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. A gorgeous day: warm, sunny ... and the guy was looking at his phone screen the entire time. 
How romantic!

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Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F.

Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. If it seems that San Franciscans are getting more entitled and self-absorbed, a series of psychology studies performed at UC Berkeley indicates there could be a scientific reason: the city’s increasing wealth. Paul Piff, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine (he moved from UC Berkeley just a few weeks ago), has spent the past decade conducting about 50 studies on how wealthy peop
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Interesting: Speculation in the study that connection or disconnection from local communities are involved:  wealthier people are more disconnected from their communities than poorer people, possibly because they "don’t need to rely on their neighbors and the wider community as much." . . .

 

"Rich people are more likely to behave unethically even if they get very little benefit.

 

"They’re more likely to take candy from a jar labeled as just for kids, cheat at games and cut off pedestrians in crosswalks. They’re also more likely to say they’d do the same thing when told about somebody who accepts bribes, lies to customers, cheats on an exam or pockets the money when a clerk gives too much change.

 

`I think what we’re assessing in these studies is a general lack of sensitivity to the needs of other people,' Piff said. `The wealthier you are, the less attuned you are to other people around you.' 

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From Entitled to Empowered: Building Four Virtues in Students to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom

From Entitled to Empowered: Building Four Virtues in Students to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Professors from universities across the U.S. have all told me the same story. Their students are increasingly portraying feelings of entitlement toward good grades, adjusted deadlines, class perks and special treatment. One professor said a student told him, “I pay your salary, so you have to do what I want.” In the response section to …
sfMediaProf's insight:

This article provides a look at entitlement attitudes and behaviors fairly widespread today in general society, particularly among groups who were raised a particular way in childhood.  Although, lack of accountability for actions occurs across age and demographic boundaries.

Mindfulness and reflection practices work against selfish entitlement attitudes -- they often provide a more realistic, less self-centered perspective of who we are and how we fit in the world . . . with others. 

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Becoming a Real Person

Becoming a Real Person | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
What we have before us then, is three distinct purposes for a university: the commercial purpose (starting a career), Pinker’s cognitive purpose (acquiring information and learning how to think) and Deresiewicz’s moral purpose (building an integrated self).
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A great article to explore if you're in school: why are you there?

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"Deresiewicz offers a vision of what it takes to move from adolescence to adulthood. Everyone is born with a mind, he writes, but it is only through introspection, observation, connecting the head and the heart, making meaning of experience and finding an organizing purpose that you build a unique individual self."

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Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Do you check your phone for text messages or emails during business meetings? According to new research from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, you are probably annoying your boss and colleagues. Furthermore, the research indicates that older professionals and those with higher incomes are far more likely [...]
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Interesting:

"Why do so many people—especially more successful people—find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? It’s because when you access your phone it shows:

Lack of respect. You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation in the meeting; you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.Lack of attention. You are unable to stay focused on one item at a time; the ability to multitask is a myth.Lack of listening. You aren’t demonstrating the attention and thinking that is required of truly active listening.Lack of power. You are like a modern day Pavlovian dog who responds to the beck and call of others through the buzz of your phone."
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Better Ways to Learn

Better Ways to Learn | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Getting a good grade doesn’t mean you retained the information. In his book, Benedict Carey offers better ways than cramming for you to hold on to knowledge.
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This article isn't really related to unplugging and digital detox, but does address brain science -- and how to study more effectively for  long-term retention of information.

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Sometimes Confusion Is A Good Thing

Sometimes Confusion Is A Good Thing | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Though confusion can be bad, it's likely to benefit learning when it's related to the material you're trying to understand — and when you have the support to work through it, says Tania Lombrozo.
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Confusion is a good thing -- it shows we're learning!
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On Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart the gift of presence

On Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart the gift of presence | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

"This Valentine’s Day, think about how you can really connect with your loved one. Instead of spending money on jewelry or chocolates, give the gift of presence.

All too often, we forget the importance of staying in the moment, of looking up from our phones, and of really listening with our fullest attention to the ones we love. Being truly present is the biggest and best gift you can give.

So this Valentine’s Day, remember how to really be there, with no Wi-Fi attached."

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Some great suggestions related to unplugging, listening deeply, and really being present to another person.

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Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier. | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
In concept, saying you’re grateful even if you’re not seems bourgeois and saccharine. But it’s actually a tool to a better end.
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"Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness. ...

"It’s science, but also common sense: Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things."

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How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class

How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Go cold turkey or take tech breaks? Two professors offer different solutions.
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Interesting approaches:
One gives points to students who turn off their phones and leave them on the prof's desk. 
The other approach recognizes that students are addicted and gives them one minute to use their phones every 15 or 20 minutes in class -- so they're not so anxious.

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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This goes along with a growing body of research that shows that a walk in nature helps de-stress our lives and quiet our brains.

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
American youths are plugged in and tuned out of the real world for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.
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S.F. Tech Scene Unplugs, Gets Down at Daybreaker

S.F. Tech Scene Unplugs, Gets Down at Daybreaker | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Long before most people arrived at their offices Thursday morning, sunlight streamed through skylights in an old Mission District warehouse, illuminating a mass of undulating bodies that had come to dance. Daybreaker, which started in New York and has expanded to other cities, is held in an eclectic range of venues, from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to Audio, a South of Market nightclub. “People live so much of their lives through a small glowing screen … one of the big ideas of Daybreaker
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A co-founder's comment resonates with the values of unplugging and detox:

"One of the big ideas of Daybreaker is to be here now, be present, be a human, connect with your fellow humans."

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Meditation for a Good Night's Sleep

Meditation for a Good Night's Sleep | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation helped older men and women get a good night’s sleep, a rigorous new study found.
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The study looks at people over the age of 55 -- but the results are similar to research with younger people, exploring how to sleep better and live less stressful lives.

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Seven Emotions That Follow a Sense of Entitlement

Seven Emotions That Follow a Sense of Entitlement | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
A few short years ago, corporate executives were asked what single word best describes the recent college graduates entering their workplace. The word they selected? Entitled. Interestingly, when recent graduates were asked to guess what descriptive word these executives had chosen that begins with the letter “e,” they guessed: exciting, enterprising, entrepreneurial and energetic. None …
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Cutting right to the end of the article:
"...students who don’t feel and act entitled … likely will demonstrate the opposite emotions:
-I am grateful.
-I am hopeful and optimistic.
-I can delay gratification.
-I am at peace because I see the big picture.
We owe it to the emerging generation to escort them out of this destructive attitude. A sense of entitlement is an enemy of happiness and healthy thinking."

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Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
The nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies.
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This article might seem to be an unusual selection for "Unplugging: Digital Detox" -- unless we consider the notion of pedagogy as applying to our daily lives.  It's an excellent piece to look at when considering "why am I in school" -- and "what am I doing with my life?"

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"I should say that this subject is very personal for me. Like so many kids today, I went off to college like a sleepwalker. You chose the most prestigious place that let you in; up ahead were vaguely understood objectives: status, wealth—“success.” What it meant to actually get an education and why you might want one—all this was off the table. It was only after 24 years in the Ivy League—college and a Ph.D. at Columbia, ten years on the faculty at Yale—that I started to think about what this system does to kids and how they can escape from it, what it does to our society and how we can dismantle it."

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A Simple Focus Practice (from Stroking the Creative Fires)

A Simple Focus Practice (from Stroking the Creative Fires) | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

Exercise 12. A Simple Focus Practice

Walk down your street as if you were passing along it for the first time and notice one new thing that catches your attention.  Let's say the mosaics on the school entrance.  Now close your eyes.  See it in your mind's eye.  Open your eyes.  Focus.  Close.  Sense your way in.  Take out your notebook and write about or draw it in detail.  When you think you've described it fully, don't fool yourself; do it again. Go deeper in your description; use more detail, open your perceptions to color, light, materials, and the way the building or structure or object connects to every-thing around it-or doesn't.  Now ask yourself what this building or object says about the neighborhood, the city, the nation.  Was the person who created it focused?  Are people focused on it now, or is it merely background?


     "It is always a revelation to me how an appreciation of my surroundings can influence the way I focus on ideas, thoughts, and objects. Everything can be a point of focus. We just have to discipline ourselves to perceive more deeply and appreciate more fully. The result is a fuller life.

     "What I'm calling for here isn't easy.  The only answer to the question of focus is what helps you concentrate -- what motivates you to "pay attention," as Miller enjoined us.  So many distractions, so little time.  But creative people always have their ways of "paying attention." . . ."

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From: Phil Cousineau, Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination.  129-130

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This is a wonderful focusing exercise from an excellent book: Cousineau's Stoking the Creative Fires.

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Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class

Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Anyone distracted in class doesn’t just lose out on the content of the discussion but creates a sense of permission that opting out is OK, and, worse, a haze of second-hand distraction for peers.
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I find it interesting that students who are multitasking on screens in the classroom seem genuinely surprised that the question they just asked was discussed moments earlier ...

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