#019: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (And What We Can Do About It) [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about what the Internet is doing to our brains. I summarize and then respond to an article in the July 2012 issue of Newsweek called “Tweets, Texts, E-mail and Posts: Is the Onslaught Making Us Crazy?

This Is Your Life Podcast Episode 19

I read the Newsweek article on my vacation while I was offline. I found it very disturbing. Here are some of the highlights:

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  • A few years ago, people were ridiculed for suggesting that the Internet was having a negative impact on our minds. But now the proof is starting to stack up.

    “The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.”

  • The problem is that we are continuously connected. Thanks to smart phones and other technologies, we have almost become cyborgs—creatures that are half human, half machine.
  • Here are some interesting facts from the article:
    • On average, American stare at some type of computer screen for eight hours a day.
    • When President Obama ran for office last time, the iPhone had yet to be launched.
    • Now smart phones outnumber regular ones. More than a third of users get online BEFORE they even get out of bed.
    • The average person, regardless of age, sends or receives about 400 text messages a month—four times the 2007 number.
    • The average teen processes an astounding 3,700 texts a month, double the 2007 figure.
  • Again, quoting from the article,

    “Altogether the digital shifts of the last five years call to mind a horse that has sprinted out from underneath its rider, dragging the person who once held the reins. No one is arguing for some kind of Amish future. But the research is now making it clear that the Internet is not ‘just’ another delivery system. It is creating a whole new mental environment, a digital state of nature where the human mind becomes a spinning instrument panel, and few people will survive unscathed.”

  • New brain scan technology shows that our brains are being rewired. Heavy web users have fundamentally altered prefrontal cortexes. The brains of Internet addicts, it turns out, look like the brains of drug and alcohol addicts. Even worse, Chinese researchers have shown that our grey matter—the part of the brain responsible for processing of speech, memory, motor control, emotion, sensory, and other information—is shrinking or atrophying.
  • Numerous studies show that the more a person hangs out online the worse they are likely to feel. Web use often displaces sleep, exercise, and face-to-face exchanges, all of which can lead to loneliness, a sense of isolation, and depression.

So, as I said, I found this article very disturbing. I think you can see why. Gail and I had several long conversations about this and how we might respond. There are three possible responses:

  1. Withdrawal. You just “Go Amish,” delete your social media accounts, and swear off the Internet.
  2. Immersion. You shrug your shoulders, give up, and keep marching with the lemmings right over the cliff.
  3. Moderation. You become intentional about your Internet usage, understanding that it’s a double-edged sword.

I don’t think focusing on what you are NOT going to do works very well. On my vacation, I read a very helpful book called, Living into Focus by Arthur Boers, which basically builds on the work of Albert Borgmann, a scholar at the University of Montana who has written extensively on the role of technology in our lives.

Both of these men talk about cultivating specific focal practices. I have written on similar practices under the rubric of disciplines of the heart.

Having reflected on it for a few weeks, I believe you can enjoy the benefits of the Internet while avoiding many of the dangers by practicing five positive disciplines:

  1. The discipline of rest.
  2. The discipline of reflection.
  3. The discipline of reading.
  4. The discipline of relationships.
  5. The discipline of recreation.

I don’t think we need to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but we do need to be intentional. We need to build these five practices into our daily routine.

Listener Questions

  1. Aaron McHugh asked, “Can you speak to the traps and pitfalls of social media as it relates to seeking personal validation?”
  2. Andrew Mason asked, “Where’s the line? How much Internet engagement is too much?”
  3. KC asked, “How can we help our kids navigate social media as they grow up?”
  4. Paul McGuire asked, “How can we meet our tribe members expectation of near-instant engagement and still maintain a healthy level of social media usage?”

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I think it’s important to schedule times to unplug.  If you work on the internet, make sure you get up for one minute (hour).  Take a lunch break away from your computer (and other plugged in devices).  Be present when you’re home.  Your family does not include your computer or your phone.  Spend undivided attention with those you love.  Take a vacation – and unplug.

    I will be unplugging starting tomorrow as I head to Guatemala.  Part of this is forced due to the inability to connect via the internet, but it’s also on purpose.  I want my time in Guatemala to be focused on helping others and seeing how God transforms our team and me.

  • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

    We are fighting against this in our home.  What we see is when parents and or teens spend excessive time on line, they are down right ornery (sp?).  Now the research is backing up our household reality.  Great post.

    I wonder if this data includes things like E books?

  • http://christiansimplicity.com/ Kevin

    Would how we design our pages help?  If web pages were more like pages of a book and less like pages of a magazine on steroids would that change things?  

    This isn’t meant to be critical of this particular design, but for example, the main content of this page should be the outline and a way to play the podcast.  Yet the brain has to mentally scan and navigate through over 100 other links (ads, promotion, potentially related information, site navigation, disclosures, and so forth) determining what is useless, unimportant, interesting, and essential.  As Dr. Richard Swenson would say, we’ve left no margin in our web site designs.  

    Monitor my brain while I read the page of a book and monitor it while I read the page for this podcast.  My suspicion is the focus of reading a book page is much more beneficial for development then reading a web page that is designed as mentioned above.

    If that suspicion is right, then our designs can mitigate instead of exacerbate the problem.

    Thanks for bringing this issue to light MH.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good points. You might try Evernote Clearly. It’s a Chrome extension. It simplifies any web page. I just started using it yesterday. Very cool.

      • http://christiansimplicity.com/ Kevin

        Thanks!  Wow Evernote Clearly clearly does the job.  I reread this page before and after.  It is much easier to read and concentrate without so much “noise” all around what I’m trying to read. 

        I’m going to have to rethink the design on some of my upcoming sites.  If my aim is to influence or help the reader find margin in their lives, does my site support that?  How can my design make it easier for my reader?  

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I have a new design coming on my site that is an attempt to simplify things. It won’t be a dramatic departure, but I think you’ll like it. Stay tuned.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            Standard Theme 3 or something different?

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Yes, something different.

      • http://twitter.com/cc636 ChrisTAL

        Great tool! My eyes are grateful to you! 

    • http://financialplanningapprentice.com Robinson Mertilus

      Wow! Evernote Clearly is awesome. This will be super helpful on website with good info, but many distractions. 

  • Joe Huguenard

    Michael… I heartily agree with the fact that many folks spend way too much time with little to no face to face engagement/interaction with real human beings… rather than text chatting, texting or posting for hours on end.  With what web technology companies have come up with recently though, in the past few years, with face to face web video communication, we’re turning that around… a little bit at a time, for web users who know and feel that there really is no need, want or desire for seclusion while still being active socially online.  I never really cared for the free services offered by Skype, Microsoft or Google – because of the lack of stable and clear connectivity, but there are low cost, affordable services out there that make face to face communication so much easier… it’s worth the small investment in the technology to improve relati0nships, trust and overall effectiveness of your communication with clients, family, friends and associates.

  • brassworks

    I heard a radio program a couple of weeks ago on this topic. Being interviewed was a man called Nicolas Carr, who has written a book called “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.” The program, aired by a group called White Horse Inn, was on quite early in the morning, and I was half asleep when the following statement by Mr. Carr made me sit up and start taking notes: “The strip-mining of relative content replaces the slow excavation of meaning.”

    I currently have a novel awaiting publication, and in my editorial evaluation, the staff editor suggests much revision of my story which would amount exactly to this strip-mining. These staff editors are so accustomed to receiving strip-mined content (copy-cat, bandwagon knock-0ffs) that they can’t find any refreshment in slow excavation, where the reader might be encouraged to savor content that is being slowly excavated. 

    I’m not saying that my work is great literature (it may be up to the public to determine that), but it does hark back to an early style of writing, which I think needs to be reintroduced to the reading public. It’s the kind of writing that I like to read, and I see glimmers of it in the work of others. There is hope!

    But we all do need to teach ourselves a discipline in looking for works of “slow excavation” with meatier content that comes with a certain amount of savory gravy.  Writers of books like “The Shallows” and “Living Into Focus” help us work toward that end.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful and meaningful blog posts.  I can’t begin to count how many I’ve saved to my files and posted to friends.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love this concept. In fact, this book is mentioned in the Newsweek article.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       I love that imagery!

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  • Andrew Mason

    Hey Michael,  Thanks for answering my question on air!

    Makes a lot of sense, and sounds like I need to slay a few dragons before breakfast myself.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    I find that my verbal faculties keep deteriorating in the sense that it  takes me ever longer to construct sentences, to come up with ideas on how to get from point A to point B in a narrative, and to organize my thoughts in a way I feel other people might actually be able to follow.  For a long time I’ve been wondering  if these might be the cumulative effects on my brain of having spent so many hours staring at a computer screen over the past few years. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      CQ,
      Or you could be getting older? :) that’s my excuse! At 42 my brain doesn’t work near as well as 32.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

        Well, since it often takes many years for undesirable consequences of our unwholesome behaviors to manifest themselves—and since by that time we are, of course, older—we may be tempted to ascribe those consequences to aging rather than to prolonged wrongdoing on our part. Just because it may have taken a long time to develop cavities doesn’t mean those cavities are due to enamel aging rather than a bad diet and poor oral hygiene.

        • Donrita

          I am of the opinion that, if I continue to feed my brain with wholesome “brain food” it should continue to grow in capacity as I age, barring disease such as Altheimer’s. Here’s a suggestion: join Toastmasters International if you want to become clearer in your thinking and communication with others.

          I agree with the points made in this blog: I see the effect on me an my children. The internet creates in us the expectation that thinking should be entertaining and easy. We are increasingly reluctant to work for thought…and we miss out on the satisfaction that thought-effort can bring us.

          I also appreciate the “slow excavation” imagery.

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    In a case of perfect timing, check out today’s Non Sequitur comic strip: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2012/07/25

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Really funny!

  • http://jonahenry.com/ Jon Henry

    I agree that being intentional about how you use and consume the internet is extremely important. But I also think the internet parallels basically any other medium of communication throughout our history in terms of how it affects the brain. There have been dozens of studies about television and video games that also show dramatic changes to the prefrontal cortex. 

    As MH wrote, the internet and technology create an inherent problem in that we are continually connected. However, the internet is also far a greater means to AMPLIFY messages than television, radio, or print has ever been. The final parts of the post do a great job of offering suggestions to turn down or turn off the noise.

    Interestingly enough, 20 years from now the next generation will look at us like amateurs as they use their super-duper high-tech gadgets and communication medium that we haven’t dreamed of yet. So the time to be intentional is now.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Jon,
      I agree totally. The only difference between the studies on tech now and then is that we have better, more advanced, ways to study the affects and far more advanced ways to disseminate the results of the study—people were afraid of radio back ion the day!

  • Connie Almony

    I think it’s important to go on an information “fast” every
    now and then. I often wonder if that’s why Jesus struck Paul blind temporarily.
    So he wouldn’t go searching through his law books. He’d rest in the Spirit. We
    need to do that now and then, but the computer calls us like a pusher to a
    junkie ;o). One of my biggest pet peeves, however, with all this connect-ability
    is that we are so connected to people far away we no longer say hi to the
    person in front of us. That’s just wrong!

  • http://twitter.com/cc636 ChrisTAL

    Forgive me if this was already mentioned, but I believe the use of “boxing” or “batch processing” can keep us lovely tech savvy individuals from garnering grey brain. 

    What I mean by this is the use of segmenting your time on specific tech oriented tasks, and non-tech oriented tasks. This will also allow you to stay more organized. You can devote 10a-11a to email, 11a-1p to blogging, 1p-2p for lunch, etc… 

    Just like employees of the industrial revolution…we should end our day. Go home, or away from your computer. If you have to go as far as bagging it and hanging it by the door (with a laptop of course) do so. You can also disable the email in your phone if you feel you’re a true addict. 

    I agree 100% with this great podcast and I think being 26yrs I am one of the last generations that enjoyed playing outdoors as a child. I pray my future children don’t need me to lock their technology in the closet to obtain vitamin D…but I am preparing myself for that impending doom. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Christal,
      Great comments! I am a big fan of batch processing and I think a great way to get big chunks of time away from “the machine.”

      • http://twitter.com/cc636 ChrisTAL

        Thank you Berry! You’re welcome to read more of my well thought out cynicism at http://www.zestyalive.blogspot.com. I’ve posted other thoughts there regarding this matter, including a post entitled: “Innovation – Motivation – Focus”. 

  • Cherry Odelberg

    I like the descriptive term, “going Amish,” did you coin it?
    I think I will choose moderation – thank you for the five steps to facilitate this.
    Love me my internet, laptop and cellphone and cannot see enjoying life as much or succeeding without them, but too much of a good thing is technology abuse.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I never heard anyone else use it, but in searching on Google, there’s a website by that name!

      • http://www.themakegoodchoicesproject.org/ Michael Hawkins

        I live right next to a LARGE Amish community and there are times that I have told my family that we are converting to their lifestyle.

        It is the simple, hardworking, salt-of-the-earth type of living.  They are not perfect people, but sometimes I REALLY think the “simple life: is the answer to all this craziness (electronics, internet, blah, blah, blah).

        Okay.  Rant over.

  • http://www.matthewreedcoaching.com/ Matthew Reed

    I heard Dr. David Levy, a leading brain surgeon and author of Grey Matter, recently speak on the subject of prayer for his medical patients. In the middle of the talk, he threw a curveball and started talking about sabbath and how he totally unplugs from all work and media for one 24 hour period out of every seven. 
    So much so, that he actually delayed his flight home by one day so he could spend a sabbath. Powerful commitment to unplugging and rest.

    • http://twitter.com/rivkasmom rivkasmom

      I was just going to say that!  Shabbos overrides everything, you can’t even turn on a light switch. You’re actually FORCED to interact with your family, friends, and most importantly, with G-d.

      Shabbat Shalom !

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I have had a love/hate relationship with technology for years.  I’ve let cell phone contracts expire and gone without.  I’ve sold computers and turned off the net for months, even years at a time.  At times, I’d rather not use the Internet.  However, if I want to create a platform for my self-published book “A Train Called Forgiveness,” I have to stay active on both my blog and social media.  I try to moderate my time to two hours or less per day, but that doesn’t always happen.  Sometimes I stray from the topic, too.  It makes me want to disconnect sometimes, but hey, I’m a writer and this is the medium.  You can see my blog at http://www.danerickson.net

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      By the way, a great book on this topic is called “Hamlet’s Blackberry.”  I used it in one of my classes one quarter.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    Loved the disciplines of the Five “Rs” you gave Michael – this podcast and the Newsweek article were both sobering and convicting….

  • http://www.susanbiali.com/ Dr. Susan Biali, M.D.

    Oh boy, this is really bad news (and very important for me to be conveying to others as I work in the field of wellness). Not surprising, but scary to have real data starting to back this up. I’m working on the book proposal for my second book right now (very excited to have some major publishers who expressed interest), and I notice a real difference from when I wrote the last one a few years ago. This requires lots of sustained attention, and I find my brain wants to constantly take breaks to check email etc., this is new for me and it is very alarming!  I love your disciplines and have been thinking along these lines myself. Last year I shared the stage with Dr. Andrew Weil and he turns all electronics off after 3 pm. Wish I could do that but haven’t had the fortitude yet. But definitely want to get back to reading more in the evening and spending face-time with people…thank you so much, Michael!

  • Ken Davis

    Mike,

    This may explain why I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.  The other night I observed a couple at dinner staring at their iphones.  It was me and my wife. We have decided that it is an insult to each other to stay connected when we should be enjoying each other.  Words with one you love beats words with friends hands down.

    Great subject.

    Ken

     

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      So true. I agree. No phones at meals!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       GUILTY!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lucrecerbraxton Lucrecer Braxton

    I enjoyed this podcast a lot. I tell you, I know now that unplugging is completely necessary for me. 

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    As a Youth Pastor I have the privilege of building relationships with young people and I get the feeling that the toothpaste is WAY out of the tube on this one. I think we are only at the dawn of where this relatively new technology is taking us.

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    Michael,
    Did you ever see Star Trek the Next Generation? What you describe at the beginning had me thinking of The Borg.

    “You will be assimilated.” —The Borg (Star Trek The Next Generation.)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I had forgotten about that, Barry!

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    Forgive the long link and the clunky page, but the No More Mondays podcast had some good tips from Justin Lukasavige and Andy Traub about how to get more work done.

    http://nmmshow.libsyn.com/get-more-done-with-less-work?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nomoremondaysshow+%28No+More+Mondays+Show%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

    I recently started using the Pomodoro technique to focus my time, and I like it a lot. I focus on work for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break to get a drink, walk around, etc. Twice a day, I break for 10-15 minutes. It has helped me tremendously. I do also have Anti-Social and Freedom to keep me offline if I need them. It’s a nice insurance policy. :)

    I work from a home office now, and I try hard to get out my office to meet people at least once a week so I can get some human interaction. Even using Skype video, I still feel connected.

    Very timely and relevant post. Now I just have to start getting in the habit of not checking my e-mail or RSS readers right after I turn the iPhone alarm off. I’m guilty as charged on that one.

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  • http://www.scottfillmer.com Scott Fillmer

    excellent look at our internet consumption… though, the longer time goes on, the less and less ability we will have to actually separate ourself from connectivity. Even if we don’t want to be connected, we are still affected by connectivity. I think it will get to a point where you can’t distinguish between being online and offline.

  • http://www.authorpeterdehaan.com/ Peter DeHaan

    I recently found your podcasts and am enjoying them, but feel I must listen to them in order. Next up is number 5, so it’s going to me a while before I get to this one.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your commitment to listen to them all. Wow.

  • Jon Kidwell

    Talk about a God-incidence, I headed out for a walk because I felt I had been sitting in front of the computer and phone for too long. On my walk I began listening to your podcast and hit me like a ton of bricks.

     The 5 disciplines you discuss are not only great for unplugging from the internet, but also stress relief. Things I have found helpful when unplugging from internet or stress are:
    Walking- Just did it, feel great
    Yard work- Don’t know why just works for me
    Cleaning- Cleaning the room helps clean the mind
    Exercise- Boxing, running, or the gym usually help (like your recreation idea)

    (Most of mine are health related because I love be healthy and blog about it at http://www.jonkidwell.com)

    I thank you for the thoughts and insights, your lens on life with God, and Platform which has been great for the new blogger.

  • http://rayedwards.com/about/ Ray Edwards

    Michael, great episode as usual. I have long been concerned about these very issues, and now it seems the research is bearing out my concerns.

    As a person who makes his living on the Internet, this is all of particular interest to me.

    The solutions I have put in place are designed to help keep my Internet consumption in moderation. Here’s what I do:

    1. No e-mail 1st thing in the morning. Oddly, this requires the most discipline. In general, I do not check e-mail until 11 AM, and then again at 4 PM weekdays. I view my e-mail inbox as a convenient way for someone else to add items to my daily to-do list.

    2. No e-mail on weekends. This also applies for after-hours. Both point number 1 and point number 2 also apply to social media.

    3. Strictly enforced “free days”. I picked up this concept from Dan Sullivan of strategic coach. “Free days” are days with no Internet and no work. This is been one of the most refreshing, energizing decisions I have ever made.

    4. Intentional Internet. As much as possible, I have eliminated aimless Internet surfing, and consciously decide why I’m going online, and how long I’m going to be online. I use a digital timer to limit my online time.

    5. The disciplines you mentioned. Although I have not read the book you recommended (yet), I was delighted to discover I have been consciously practicing those disciplines that you listed for quite some time now. I had to cultivate almost every single one of them, in response to this Internet wasteland phenomena.

    Thanks again for a delightful and always useful podcast!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love your list of solutions. Excellent!

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  • john

    You’ve heard of people taking their work home but what happens when you work from home?  You’re always working! I have found myself to be spending a lot of time on the computer.  As a freelance graphic designer and starting a new christian based website:  www.tcross.us I find that the computer/internet seems to be a huge part of my day and sometimes because of my extra freelance work  it also sneaks into my family time.  I have been trying to implement a system that will allow me to walk away from the computer at a certain time and be done for the day.   Still working o it…lol

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  • http://MDteachNET.com/ Brian Harris, M.Ed

    Language itself is a technology.  And since the Internet is predicated largely upon to ability to express and receive language, maybe language itself is the culprit.

    Or trains.

    Or highways.

    Or electricity.

    This is a tried and tired argument.  Technologies, starting with fire and wheel, and continuing to the Internet, are inevitable… as are the doomsday scenarios surrounding them.

    It’ll be okay.

    Brian
    @MDteachNET:twitter 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comment.

      I am not arguing against the Internet. I make my living on it. I am simply arguing for the more thoughtful and intentional use of it.

  • http://swordinfire.blogspot.com Theron Mathis

    Great podcast.  For me the internet is like entering some strange time warp where perceived seconds turn into minutes and hours.  

    A little 15 min surfing easily turns into 30 to 45 mins if I am not careful.  

    In order to be more intentional with internet usage, I have started approaching the net with a stated purpose.  For example, I verbally tell myself: “I am processing email and nothing else, I am going to spend 15 mins. skimming my rss feeds, I am going to research x online for 20 mins.”  By forcing myself into a purpose, I don’t wander quite as easily.  

  • http://financialplanningapprentice.com Robinson Mertilus

    I thoroughly enjoyed your podcast on this topic and began implementing your suggestions on the disciplines of the heart. It was refreshing to rest my mind and be actively engaged in being still for just 15 minutes. I look forward to have a more focused schedule and seeing the fruits of my changed actions. Thanks, Michael!

  • Tmabie

    Michael, great podcast! Full of excellent content. Looking forward to the transcript. This is. Ery helpful. Even though I listened to this multiple times there is still more I want to dig into. Thanks! Tom Mabie

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  • http://twitter.com/ron_sparks Ron Sparks

    I develop a lot of websites, tools and apps so the start of this podcast was kind of freaky. Because I’m online all the time!

    However, my happiness does not come from the internet and to remember that I don’t invest all my emotion and time to online relationships there. It does seem that the internet is an easy quick short cut to feeling like you are cared about.

    Rest, exercise and real in person relationship keep me sane and maybe thats now science :)

  • Tim

    Without doubt the internet is a wonderful tool, but it’s had a nasty side effect. It’s created a culture of people who feel empowered to be offensive and nasty because they are protected behind their monitor. These people would never dare say the stuff they come out with to someone’s face because they know what the outcome would be.

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  • TerriBradbury

    Thank you for another excellent podcast on an issue that matters. A July 23rd article in The New York Times indicates that leaders in the Silicon Valley are becoming more aware of and responsive to this issue as well: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/technology/silicon-valley-worries-about-addiction-to-devices.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

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  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.  
    One thing I find is trying to figure things out a bit before I automatically look it up.
    Also as you have mentioned, silencing/turning off most if not all the social media apps on smart phones.  Along with that, keeping my phone in my pocket when around people or out and about so I am more approachable.  That is something I working at. 

    K, bye

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  • StaffAction

    I believe iOS6 is going to have a “do not disturb” mode of some sort. yet to see what that will actually look like though. I personally simply use “airplane mode” when I don’t want to be bothered.

  • http://somewiseguy.com/ ThatGuyKC

    Great episode, as always. Thank you, Michael, for answering my question about social media and kids. Very insightful and straight forward.

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  • Nightingale

    I agree that being intentional is important when it comes to the computer screen and anything else. Being intentional involves allowing yourself the time that is needed to reflect on and do each task, in other words being present with what you are doing. But we can also transform the internet to make our time in front of the computer more intentional. I have an alternative search engine idea on my blog (http://nightingale108.blogspot.com) that can do just that.

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    http://www.StickK.com can be a great help for keeping you accountable to goals to not spend so much time on the internet.

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  • http://twitter.com/EliasScultori Elias Scultori

    Just catching up with your podcast (one a day). Had to respond to this one. New technology, new way of life – we just need to be conscious and aware of our choices. And absolutely be connected to what is underneath this thirst for being connected all the time. Thanks for your 5 disciplines. I would add the discipline of AWARENESS. It goes more or less with the discipline of reflection, but in this case, more than just reflecting on what is happening to us and the information we are absorbing, I think it is important to be aware and reflective of our own personal needs and what we are truly about. Often times, we go about our days without being aware to what is behind the motivation and energy that is propelling us forward. And that is the bottom line to it all – internet or the next fad? Being connected and aware of this bottom line will give us a better chance to not diverge from our goals and purpose. But I diverge now… :) Thanks again for your work!

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