The Lighter Side of Transformation

Observed and reported by Lisa Wessan, LICSW

Do you have Digiphrenia? Techno-Despair?

Now there’s a word for it – I used to call it Techno-Despair – but Digiphrenia  is all about coping with information overload.  Is this in the DSM V? Not sure yet.

In the 21st century, true success will come to those who can FOCUS and abstain from all the pinging distractions…here’s to practice and more practice.

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What is the Internet is Doing to Our Brains?

I know I’m not alone in wondering how the internet is changing the way I think, write, respond and create in this world. But I choose to believe that it’s all for the good, that this is part of our evolution. I might be wrong.

More and more documentation is showing that advanced internet use does decrease our attention spans, although it may improve our analytic skills. I’m at the point where I can’t write as smoothly in longhand (and my penmanship is nearly an illegible code), whereas in front of the keyboard I feel lucid and quick. I used to think I was just a kinesthetic learner — but there’s more to it. I need to be able to sit at a keyboard to think about certain subjects with maximum focus. I am clearly conditioned to work with several web pages open at once, fact checking and spell checking as I go.

The research is mounting….pros and cons…this is a good overview of the issues in this recent clip from Scientific American (June 15, 2010).

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