Smartphones are The New Cigarettes is a great article on Thrive about how addicted we’re all becoming to smartphones, developing a constant need for information and attention stimulation.
I’ll hold my hand up, smartphone addiction is something I struggle with. Although I could get through a class at the gym without checking my iPhone, I’ve noticed how I look forward to getting off the Underground in London so that I can be “reconnected” with the world. (Where ‘world’ really means internet!)
<Text interruption> In fact as I was writing this blog, I’ve just been distracted by an incoming text that caused me to lose my train of thought!
I love the idea of ‘attention pollution’ which I can really relate to, especially the idea that attention pollution spreads, so another person’s lack of attention can so easily interrupt your attention.
I also agree with the writer’s dream about a future where we come to respect attention once again and limit the use of distraction-creators in situations where distraction is unwelcome.
Attention pollution is something still working on. Solutions I’ve found that work for me are:
- Installing internet blocking software (I use SelfContol on Mac) to block distracting sites
- Switching off all notifications on my laptop and my iPhone
- Using Steven Covey’s Time Management Matrix which helps me recognise when I’m distracted into non-urgent and non-important distractions
You can read the article here:
Smartphones are The New Cigarettes