You are up late online, typing, clicking, scrolling, and reading, but amidst such activity you are getting very little done since your mind is hazy and scattered; your body is tight and lethargic. There were times earlier in the day when you worked effectively, but now your attention is weak, worn-out from an active day of work or school. While it may appear to an outside observer that you are making progress on an important project, you are accomplishing very little. A voice in your head beckons, “You have already been on the computer ten hours today. Why not do some stretching, read a book, or take a warm bath before bed?”
You agree in principle, but you just can’t pull your attention away from the social network, game, or news in front of you. Though you are choosing to use technology, you really feel as if it is controlling and using you.
You can read the complete first chapter or Soren’s book here and better yet, participate in a discussion with him on the Tricycle Community where he asks, “How do you balance your time on and offline?”
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