Net Smart Chapter 1…
Net Smart Chapter 1 Attention Harold Rheingold
Is the internet making us stupid?
Carr worries that the internet is changing how our minds work.
"encourage us to dip in and out of a series of texts rather that devote sustained attention to any one of them" -Carr
They are designed to grab our attention
Carr fears that the hyperlink mind-set spells the death of ways of thinking fostered by the book
Baron worries that with the advent of email (written interactions), the "quantity increases and the quality suffers."
Turkle says, "People would rather text than talk, because they can control how much time it takes."
Jackson says we should worry because, "the erosion is reaching critical mass. We are on the verge of losing our capacity as a society for deep, sustained focus.
Books are disappearing.
Stone- email apnea
Continuous partial attention can hamper opportunities for reflection and authentic social connection swell as treated personal health and well-being. - Stone
Optimism for the internet
Jackson says, "...a renaissance attention my be at hand."
The loss of attention will bring attention to it.
Clay Shirky writes, "The web presents us with unprecedented abundance'" and we must "find ways to focus amid new intellectual abundance."
Shirky believes that we are are in "the greatest expansion fo expressive capability the world has ever known."
In response to Carr, Rheingold says, "...he ignores both potential benefits of heightened connectivity and the creative possibilities of the social media platforms he rejects."
Stone says, "Intention is the fuel for attention."
Wolf says, "we come into the world programmed with the capacity to change what is given to us by nature's that we can go beyond it."
"is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose." -Jon Kabat-Zinn
"In the zone"
George Mumford (meditation coach to the Lakers and Bulls) says that "By mindful, I mean being aware, being engaged with the present moment. Mindfulness is useful because it is through this that we can see what is going on. It means knowing what needs to happen and doing it."
Breath in and out
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again." -Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness, 1975
Siegel says, "Breath is a fundamental part of life. Breathing is initiated by deep brainstorm structures and is impacted directly by our emotional states. Yet breath can also be intentional. ...breath awareness brings us to the heart of our lives."
effects of mindfulness research:
mindfulness may improve attention- Jha, Krompinger, and Baime University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology
Pamela Hall, Assistant Professor of Psychology, claims that college students who learned meditation had signifigantly higher grade point averages compared to the control group.
Thinking about thinking
"higher order thinking which involves active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning
Metacognition according to Wikipedia:
Metacognitive experiences- experiences that have something to do with the current, ongoing cognitive endeavor.
Metacognitive knowledge- what individuals know about themselves and others
Metacognitive regulation- is the regulation of cognitive and learning experiences through a set of activities that control
Close your laptops
You can learn to be aware
Media triggered distraction can be:
A cause for a dangerous loss of solitude
"If you don't know how to be alone, you will always be lonely." -Turkle
"We've come to confuse continual connectivity with making real connections." -Turkle
An invitation to bad parenting
Your children are watching your usage
you are unable to teach them about self-control
Unproductive for the goal oriented
May get in the way of what you want to achieve
Unhealthy for everybody
social media's effect on our minds and bodies
Holding our breath
Addictive for some
checking on emails or social media compulsively
A reward for "seeking" behavior
Fatal for a growing number
texting or calling while driving
Working Memory. You can hold 7 chunks of info in your working memory - George Miller 1956
Executive Control: The part of your brain that you use to retrieve memories and keep information in your working memory
Gaining control of your attention requires intent.
When you formulate a goal, you need to intend to achieve it. -Howard Rheingold
Goals help you focus on what is important and Intent helps you tune out what is not relevant.