For four years, I've been on a quest to build a virtual library that offers (hopefully) an interesting take on some of the most useful lessons from great books.
The irony of the online content, however, is that what might be considered useful information for some. Can be a distraction for others.
A moment ago, you didn't know that there is a whole mini-course online about not using social media (this one here). Now you do. And you are internally debating whether you want it or not.
Maybe you do.
Maybe you don't.
But the point is that we are not in full control over our attention.
We think we are operating the smartphone when we unlock it. But most commonly, the machine is operating us - trying to make us care about things we didn’t really need to care about.
This realization nudged me to abandon social media a couple of years ago and to be a bit frantic about the TV at home.
While I have the pleasure to say that at home we are not really tv-obsessed. When we watch something. I'm very careful to stop the square box when there is a commercial of some sort because I don't want my son to be constantly exposed to new shiny things.
Taking control these days happens by removing yourself from sources that only distract you.
If you find yourself consuming too much of something you don't need (hey, this also means this newsletter) it's the best strategy to stop.
But stopping is not that easy. There is a whole crew of people who are sitting behind the design of the latest app, trying to make you spend more money and more of your finite time to scroll.
So what can you do?
Besides applying restrictions - like downloading ad blockers, go live in a cabin, or cutting some cables. A good strategy is to think about this: What you're trying to escape?
We reach for our phones not only because we know they offer an infinite source of pleasure. But also because what we are doing at the current moment feels unbearable.
We want to escape the unpleasant feeling of performing some sort of boring work by jumping into a pool of short clips.
All of this thinking led to this piece: Thinking Strategies To Thrive In The Information Exhaustion Age
Hope you'd enjoy it.