DISTRACTION AT HOME AND AT WORK
Are you doing something else while you read this? There are more and more articles coming out now to direct us to build our skills of attention. Several studies have demonstrated that so-called multi-tasking simply means doing several things at once, all badly. There is evidence that this behaviour creates shifts in the brain which rob us of the capacity to use important executive brain functions, like organizing and prioritizing. Most concerning is the suggestion that younger minds are being robbed of certain cognitive capacities by the drive to many things at once. Lots of scanning does not create decisive or purposeful individuals.
In an article in the Huffington Post, Surviving the Distraction Epidemic, Ellen Goldman writes
It is becoming more and more apparent that this way of living is seriously impacting not just our happiness, but our health and brains as well!....thanks to the brain imaging technology ...(we are learning)...that if we don't put boundaries on our personal technology, our brains will suffer, and it is detrimental to our health...For the brain to function optimally, it needs its full beam of attention on one activity at a time. As a matter of fact, the more we multitask, the higher the propensity for error and the greater the drop in efficiency.
Read the whole article here:
Yours , on purpose,
Mindful Living in Renfrew County ....What’s got your attention?
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