For Practical Summary Refer To: How The Internet Is Tearing Your Focus Apart And 3 Ways to Rebuild It. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -Do you get bored after reading just a couple of paragraphs from a text? Do you step into your room just to forget why you ’ re there? And do you constantly have this craving to jump off from a mentally-demanding task to open up your Facebook or Instagram? If your answer to one the above is yes, you are probably suffering from a shattered focus.Neuroplasticity and How it Defines Our BehaviorsThink of your brain as a power grid with streets, highway, and highways.
Those are our behavioral habits such as smoking or exercising or mental habits such as being constantly anxious about the future or being optimistic and seeing everything through a rosy lens ( Yes these are habits too and can be changed) .Each time you think a thought, feel an emotion or act on a specific task, you are strengthening their pathways in your brain.
Repeated enough, those pathways become so strong that the corresponding thought, perception, or action becomes automatic.Let ’ s say you ’ ve had enough of constantly suffering the terrors of a vague future and the nxiety that comes with it and you want to change that.Given that the antidote to anxiety is keeping your focus on the now, you must strive to master your mind and keep it in the present.When you trying to do so, you are building new neural pathways around that old dreadful pathway of constant anxiety.Initially, creating this new pathway requires substantial effort and attention.
Once they ’ re formed with depth, they can lock you in specific behaviors or thought patterns and.Once we wire a new neural circuit ( pathway) into our brain, we long to keep it active.
CarrGiven the concept of neuroplasticity and its power, let ’ s see how impulsive usage of the internet is rewiring our brain to forge a fragmented focus.How the Internet is Destroying Your FocusThe internet seizes our attention, only to tear it into pieces.Before the proliferation of the media, internet, and now the social etworks, the primary medium for absorbing information was reading.Reading books, for example, requires a practice of thought, one that demands sustained, unbroken attention to a single, static object.
When trying to retain our focus, we are keeping the neural circuits ( pathways) of focus active, hence making them stronger.Unfortunately, this habit of reading took several massive hits with the shif in the technology of information medium.
Initially, the resurgenc of Radio, TV, and now the internet and social media.Bring to your mind the type of content you consume on the prevalent social media networks i.e. Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.How much time do you spend on every single content on those networks before you move on to the firs? How much ffort and focus do they require? And how often do you get engaged with these networks throughout a day? internet breaks focusShort Duration of Attention Spent on So many Attention SeekersFor me this realization was horrifying.We are constantly jumping from one small fragment of content to the other.
We are rewiring our focus circuits and creating attention spans of trivial length and power.This is the part where I ’ ve seen people and friends smile as they resonate with the example of a broken focus: You start to read a nove or a lengthy article; after reading a paragraph or so, you feel a ense of restlessness, or you feel bored and you crave to jump to another tab on your browser or move on to the next content in your feed or simply jump off to your phone and scour your Instagram.The more you multitask, the less deliberative you become; the less able to think and reason out a problem.
These extra couple of minutes are precisely where you are stretching you focus and making it stronger.For the rest of the techniques on increasing focus refer to: How The Internet Is Tearing Your Focus Apart And 3 Ways to Rebuild It.پیشنهاد به: همه به خصوص نسلی که اینترنت بخش بزرگی از زندگیشون هستموضوع: این کتاب بسیار خوب، تاثیر درگیری زیاد با اینترنت و اثرات ساختار اون بر روی مغز و نوع تفکر انسان رو بررسی می کنهبررسی و گزیده ها: نکته جالب در مورد این کتاب فکر می کنم این بود که حدود یک سوم ابتدایی کتاب صرف ساخت و پرداخت مقدمه ای می شه که قرار هست در ادامه کتاب در خصوص اثرات اینترت بر مغز رو بررسی کنه.
میوه شیرین فهم و انباشت این اطلاعات در ذهن هم البته نوآوری، خلاقیت بوده است و مهمتر از اون اینکه عادت کتاب خونی باعث می شد افراد به یک ذهن با تمرکز بالا و بینش قوی تر مجهز بشن.To read a book was to practice an unnatural process of thought, one that demanded sustained, unbroken attention to a single, static object.
S. Eliot, in Four Quartets, would call “ the still point of the turning world. ” نکته مهم در استفاده از هر چیزی اینه که بعد از استفاده مداوم، به چه آدمی تبدیل می شیم.Deep reading is by no means a passive exercise, the reader, becomes the book ... اولین موجی که به این عادت خوب ضربه زد، ظهور رسانه های الکتریکی نظیر رادیو و تلوزیون بود.
Many producers are chopping up their products to fit the shorter attention spans of online consumers.When access to information is easy, we tend to favor the short, the sou and the bitty.پیام کلیدی و شاید ترسناک کتاببه نظر من مهم ترین بخش کتاب اینجا بود که در خصوص اینترنت بر اساس تحقیقات، نویسنده اشاره می کنه که اینترنت دقیقا همه محرک های اساسی لازم برای ایجاد تغییرات سریع و ماندگار در مدارهای عصبی مغز از جمله محرک هاش شناختی، تکرار، پر شدت، تعاملی و اعتیادآور بودن را دارد.
Storing explicit memories and, equally important, forming connections between them requires strong mental concentration, amplified by repetition or by intense intellectual or emotional engagement.