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Old 04-27-2017, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Harm of Digital Clutter

Just as physical clutter leads to stress and a muddled mind, so does digital clutter. It leaves you with what author Scott Hartley calls “constant partial attention.”

It works in the same way that physical clutter sometimes leaves you unable to fully focus on a task: You need to finish up some administrative work at home, but you know there’s a pile of mail that needs your attention, the living room needs vacuuming, and the coat closet is bursting at the seams with junk.

The digital version: Your inbox has thousands of messages. Your smartphone notification window is alerting you to 6 different social media apps that need your attention. You have 19 tabs open, each with some purpose that you’ve probably already forgotten. You have a conversation going with a family member in a variety of different places — text message, Facebook messenger, email — and you can’t keep track of what was last said.

With all that going on just on your little device that you hold in your hand, it becomes impossible to truly focus on any one thing, let alone something that’s truly important.

Scott Hartley states this problem well in The Fuzzy and the Techie:

“It’s a process of constant minor interruptions that delude us into thinking that we’re highly engaged across a number of shallow conversations, but in fact, we’re just continually, partially attuned.”

Read the whole article here ...Decluttering Your Digital Life | The Art of Manliness
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Yes , it's the wonders of modern technology that jams us up. I have a phone that I am smarter than. I buy TWO newspapers a week (thurs AGE, Fri Sun). I have a JUNK listing on the computor & just dump all those exciting people who can help me. I find time for the garden, my children, my grandchildren & friends. All I need is a regular stock market report, a good bottle of wine & spoil my grandchildren. Very old fashioned. Had a few drinks in Perth last weekend & reminisced the 60's to 80's. They were great decades..
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hahaha ... yeah, I gave up reading newspapers 3-4 years ago.

Its quite ironic I now get all my daily news via an RSS aggregator called Feedly.

But you are right sometimes the good old fashioned ways can still be the most enjoyable. I too love my garden and a bottle of red ... those are two things the Digital age can't replace.
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