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The Distraction Trap by Frances Booth

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CHAPTER 3

Mind pollution – the four digital evils

We live in curious times. It’s called the Age of Information, but in another light it can be called the Age of Distraction. LEO BABAUTA

FOUR DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE particularly hard to ignore are email, smartphones, social media and the Internet.

The reasons we turn to these digital platforms are complex.

These are some of the reasons we use them:

  • Boredom
  • Ego
  • Social connection
  • Communication
  • Seeking social validation
  • Learning
  • Fun
  • Fear
  • Need to be needed
  • Knowledge/information
  • Habit
  • Addiction
  • Distraction (which breeds further distraction).

Which of these reasons do you identify with?

When it comes to distraction, each medium has its own particular pull. We’ll look at the Internet, ...

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