digitaldistractions

Digital Distractions – Jonathan

We often find ourselves distracted by our phones, computers, and the floods of ads and entertainment competing for our attention. Have you ever taken a moment to step back and analyze how these distractions impact your life? Here are some tips on how to start!

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25 thoughts on “Digital Distractions – Jonathan”

  1. Society today seems to be consumed with technology. What is worrying me is that technology will always be growing and although it is consuming our society, it is what most companies nowadays thrive off of. If individuals step back and look at how much technology is consuming their everyday lives and how much time they spend consumed into their phones, maybe there could be a change in thought about using too much technology.

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    1. I agree with Emily, technology has become to rapidly consume the everyday lives of people- from young to old. If more people became aware of how dependent they have become on these devices as sources of amusement or methods to dissipate their own feelings of solitude then more people would likely reconsider the amount of time that they spend with these devices. If people were to reconsider this excessive usage then people would be able to reclaim their relationships, minds, and lives.

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  2. This video is true. We are getting more and more distracted and our attention spans are shortening. Maybe we are too consumed with technology today? I think my generation can go without our phones for long periods of time because we didn’t grow up with them. The generation after mine I don’t think will be able to give up their phones or technology because they have grown up with them and thats all they know.

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  3. This video resonated with me. At the start of this course I found that I had a difficult time with technology especially in terms of distractions. I couldn’t go very long periods of time without checking my phone or the apps that are on them. I have taken several steps to lower my usage such as leaving my phone at home while I study and turning it off while I go to bed. However, I think it is still a major issue among my cohorts. Until people take the time to recognize the issue and make a change, I think the problem will only continue to get worse.

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  4. While watching this, I realized how accurate it is. Throughout the video I kept wanting to open a snapchat but felt guilty to do so. It’s crazy how much culture has changed over the years. When you look back in the past, people would read a book or go outside when they were bored but now we turn to our phones. Not only have we started using them when we are bored but we even just out of the blue. I began to evaluate my own life and look at how much my computer and phone distract me. I realize that my devices aren’t that big of a problem but are still a problem.

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  5. This video presents a valuable argument regarding our tendencies to break focus even while doing the simplest things. Even while watching this short video I had to fight the urge to look at my phone. We have become accustomed to being constantly stimulated by our technology, and by succumbing to the urge to look at our phones all the time our attention spans have become almost embarrassingly short.

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  6. I think this video speaks a lot of truth when it comes to the digital age. Just talking to my brother over spring break, I noticed him not paying attention to me while his eyes were trained on his brand new iPhone. His attention span has almost seemed to have been to altered by the inclusion of this new found device into his life. A kid who would never stop talking now just sits on our couch, totally enveloped in another world despite his surrounding reality.

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  7. Phones are a poison and a blessing. The ability to keep in contact with friends and family as well as the ability to have all the answers you could want right in front of you is very addicting. This is slowly taking a toll on our generation. If we don’t do something about this soon I think we’ll be in some major trouble.

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  8. I really appreciate that Jonathon’s focus is on evaluating relationships with technology, not cutting it out of our lives. In today’s society, technology is pretty much necessary to thrive. But in general, most of us have a problem with overuse of technology. I agree that it is so important to test ourselves and learn the degree of our problem with technology.

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  9. We have become so consumed with technology that we now have the attention spans of goldfish. It is extremely hard for people my age to just sit and do one thing without checking twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and then doing it all over again. I personally have to put my phone away while doing work or I won’t be able to get anything done because of how much of a distraction it is for me. We have everything at the touch of our fingers which makes it difficult for us to do anything that will take a long time. While it is good to be cognizant of being highly distracted, it is sad to think we even have to be.

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  10. Our society is facing problems with technology in that it distracts us from the important things in life. This generation has difficulty appreciating simple things such as alone time and even time with others. With our attention spans growing shorter and shorter, we no longer know how to entertain ourselves without turning towards technology. This generation is capable of being together without actually being together and it has had a deep impact on how we interact with the world around us.

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  11. I believe that technology can be used for so many good things. New medical advances, connecting with people across the country or even the globe, etc… However, like said in this video, we have so many things the world has to offer yet we don’t recognize them because of our screens. If we could try and mesh the two things together than maybe our future will look a little brighter. But many steps need to be taken in order for this distraction to get resolved.

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  12. I think getting distracted by our phones is a huge problem. Sometimes my friends can’t even make it through one conversation without pulling out their phones, and it’s pretty annoying when I’m trying to talk to them and I get shown a picture of a cute dog or cat. Sometimes I just want to look at my friends straight in their eyes and yell. I have seen dogs and cats. I have a dog. I do not care about your picture of a dog, I want to talk to you, if you would put your phone down for literally one minute!

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  13. Cell phones are overall seen as a distraction and not seen to have any positive influences. I have noticed that people can read a message and in an instant, realize something is different or wrong just through the use of words. People may be losing the ability to focus for a certain period of time, but words, surroundings, and actions are recalled after a 6 second clip. Students may waste time on social media and it leads to working under pressure due to time constraints and time management.

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  14. I didn’t realize how consumed I was by technology until one night I literally spent three hours on Instagram, scrolling through nothingness. I was bothered by this because I realized how many other, way more important things I could’ve been giving my time to. I noticed that I spent so much time looking at snippets other people living their lives in the form of pictures and 10 second videos I was forgetting to live mine. A technology detox was definitely needed and I’m glad I came to the realization that I needed to change my habits before the addiction to technology ruined this beautiful life I have to live.

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  15. This video definitely made me think about my electronic usage. I realized that I might not be as in control as I think I am. I don’t think I have a problem with technology but even during the video I had an urge to check my phone to see if I got any notifications. Humans were not born this way, distracted all the time and not having long attention spans. Our technology is distracting us from what is happening in the real world today and if we don’t start putting down our phones and looking at the world around us our lives are going to flash by!

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  16. This video really makes me think about what I see during class. Everyday it seems like I see someone in class on their phone, then they get caught and the teacher gives them a zero for the day. This just baffles about how people can’t survive one class period without being on their cellphones. Their desire is so strong that they are willing to let their grades suffer.

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  17. The digital world is a huge distraction and this is a growing problem. Social media plays a constant role in many people’s lives and they become distracted and distant from the outside world. This video touches on every aspect that phones and the social media plays in distracting people from enjoying life to the fullest. People’s attention spans have become shorter which affects their ability to get work done. The video was also smart because Jonathon would have pauses in his speech where he would be on his phone, this made his message more powerful because it showed how much people really are addicted to their phones and what is going on in the world of social media.

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  18. I think that Jonathan that brought up very accurate points about the addiction of technology that we are all aware of but we just can’t bring ourselves to tear away from. Our phones seem to hold the key to everything, from the Internet to instant communication and having that attachment at our fingertips makes us feel powerful and we want that feeling all the time. I think the most important question to ask that was brought up in the video is “how is this affecting our lives?” and is it doing more bad than good. Using our phones at necessary times is good, but texting while we are walking to class or watching Netflix as we eat lunch alone are distractions to fill time when we really can be doing other, more substantial things.

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  19. Technology is a major distraction today. I think it’s quite sad how many people can’t sit through a class period without checking their phones or clicking through other tabs on their laptops. I’ll admit that I do get distracted by technology all the time when I’m at dinner or studying. My roommate and I have actually started to leave our phones in our dorm when we go to the library to study so we can focus on our work without any distractions.

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  20. It is no surprise that technology is a distraction to us. We as humans have never seen anything that can perform the tasks that it can so we are obviously mesmerized by its capabilities. This is by no means a justification for our short attention spans as a result of the presence of our devices. We love the constant stimulation that it can bring us. It is unlike any other aspect of our sometimes mundane everyday lives. We can be constantly aroused and given more information than we even need. I feel as if this obsession will eventually dissipate over time, but for now we must cope.

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  21. Technology can be a great thing when used appropriately, but as stated in the video it is a huge distraction. Letting technology be such a big part of our worlds can cause us to miss out on many aspects of life. While we are consumed by our phones we are letting life pass us by. I think finding a good balance with technology is beneficial for everyone.

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  22. I feel as if too many individuals are not in touch with the relationship that he or she has with his or her phone. Too many of us use our phones in unintended ways: as shields for anxiety, as fillers to replace random gaps of silence that should be replaced with self thought, reflection, and planning. Too many individuals do not utilize the vast abundance of tools at disposal on the phone’s but instead just utilize it as a constant feed of entertainment, streaming videos for self gratification and useless pleasure. Funny videos are god here and there but if our entire phone activity revolves around social media, entertainment, and unproductive apps then are we actually using the technology for the purpose of what it was originally intended to serve?

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  23. Before taking this class, I had no grasp of how consumed I am in my phone. It seems so normal to constantly be on my phone because it seems like that is what everyone else is doing. However, when I took a look at what I actually do in a day, being on my phone or laptop took up a big chunk. I think it is important that people, especially young people, take a look at what role technology plays in their life and then decide whether it is worth it or whether it is something that could potentially be an issue.

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  24. I agree with this video that we have endless distractions in our world because of technology. We as humans can’t go 10 minutes without checking social media, these distractions are becoming a growing problem in our population.

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