You’re not paying attention, but you really should be

By Tim Herrara
Image by Rose Wong
July 14, 2019

 

I know, I know, we’ve all heard it before: Technology is making us blind to the world around us. In 2019 this is a well-worn cliché, an idea we lump in with “Back in my day” musings and “TV rots your brain” rants.

But really … it’s kind of true?

To wit: Earlier this year, The Times reported that the “time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills.” Cool, great, good stuff.

I’ve always been one to extol the virtues of constant connectivity — in this very publication, no less! — but taking time for yourself away from everything to engage with the world around you is an invaluable, yet underused, way to cope with modern life. (If you’re unconvinced, read The Case for Doing Nothing, one of my favorite Smarter Living stories.)

 

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