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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Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer - The New York Times

Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer - The New York Times | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
By raising levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, our phone time may also be threatening our long-term health.
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This article joins the research indicating less on-screen time helps lead to a more relaxed, balanced, life.
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Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It's Just Sitting There

Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It's Just Sitting There | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users.
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It seems odd, but research indicates that a smartphone distracts us, even if it's just sitting there -- powered off.
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Coffee Shops Skip Wi-Fi to Encourage Customers to Actually Talk

Coffee Shops Skip Wi-Fi to Encourage Customers to Actually Talk | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
A small number of cafes are promoting sociability over technology and productivity by denying customers access to Wi-Fi.
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Part of a growing social trend recognizing the importance of connecting with and to people who are actually physically present next to us in the day-to-day world...
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Neuroscientists Discover A Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent (Listen)

Neuroscientists Discover A Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent (Listen) | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926. However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth. Pharmaceutical […]
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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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Get off the phone and look around, Bay Area matchmaker says

Get off the phone and look around, Bay Area matchmaker says | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it

“It’s amazing how people in San Francisco do not approach each other or look at each other, and they just hide behind what’s comfortable"... 

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It's not rocket science . . . 
in dating, ..."sometimes, all you need to do is be more open, put the phone down and smile at the person standing next to you at the store.”
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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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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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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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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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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 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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‘Learning to relax can be life-changing’: how to find your comfort zone | Life and style | The Guardian

‘Learning to relax can be life-changing’: how to find your comfort zone | Life and style | The Guardian | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Many of us have forgotten how to truly unwind. We ask the experts for ways to switch off in an always-on world
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"The need for some simple source of relaxation can be seen in the initial surge in popularity of the adult colouring book, as well as last year’s 13.3% increase in sales of books providing spiritual guidance on how to live in a hectic world, and the mindfulness “mega trend” seen in Headspace, the meditation app that has been downloaded more than 15m times."
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Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
In job postings, big tech companies have sought psychologists and people with psychology training for research into user experiences.
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Social media giants have been using persuasive psychological  techniques to help make online sites more addicting for children and teens. Some psychologists in the American Psychological Association think this is unethical and should be stopped.
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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
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Interesting observations about what the author calls "iGen," people born 1995 and 2012.
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Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing | Unplugging: Digital Detox | Scoop.it
Controlled breathing, an ancient practice, can reduce stress and soothe your body.
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No surprises here: for thousands of years, "The Science of Breath" has been practiced by yogis.  So now the practice has scientific backing...
"When you take slow, steady breaths, your brain gets the message that all is well and activates the parasympathetic response..."
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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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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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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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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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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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