Has the internet effected the way you think? Do you suppose your memory and thought processes have become altered due to the time you spend on the internet daily?
Nicholas Carr thinks so. He recently published a highly rated book called The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Carr points out the many ways the internet is heavily influencing us. Consider that our internet lifestyle has changed our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, our memory and even just how we think.
Get this ==> Humans now create as much information in two days as we did from the dawn of civilization all the way up through 2003. (Eric Schmidt, Google)
The same amount of info in TWO DAYS now as we did all total from the very beginning of civilation? Geez, no WONDER we suffer from information overload! Ever feel like you’ve developed adult onset ADD? Maybe it’s actually internet onset ADD, think?
This quick video below is an entertaining summary of how the internet effects our brains.
Internet addiction is real. In fact, you can take this online test to find your level of internet addiction.
Ways to Manage Internet Overload:
Set aside time blocks daily to be totally ‘unplugged’ from any media. Work in short bursts with breaks in between (for example, 30 minutes work then 10 minute break). Exercise and be in nature. Talk with friends face to face. When sharing meals with friends, resists the urge to pull out a device. Close any tab in your browser not directly related to your current project.
Taking breaks from the digital input regularly will help you have better focus when you are working online.
…and when you DO plug-in, do it with PURPOSE! The internet can be powerful, yet without a PLAN it can be a powerful time waster.
In fact, your ability to succeed has far more to do with how clear your mind is than your marketing. (<== Tweet that).
Do you find that infomation overload effects your brain? Do you practice specific habits to help stay focused among all the constant chatter of internet noise? Do you make it a point to ‘UNPLUG’ regularly? Please comment below.
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