Minimize Digital Intrusions—A Spiritual Practice

The couple walks to the coffee house daily. They enter and go to the counter to order their lattes. They go to a table, sit, and pull out their smart phones. Soon each is in their own world poking at the device with their forefingers staring in concentration.

Last year, 21 million Americans decided to leave Facebook. The company has weathered many crises of bad publicity by making empty promises never kept. But losing users? That hits the bottom line. More and more people are finally realizing how greatly they have been manipulated by the engineers who build these social media apps to entice additional minutes/hours on the app.

If Cal Newport were to wave a magic wand, he’d make it disappear entirely. The author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World has released Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

How often do you pick up your phone? The latest iOS update will tell you. And how many minutes you spend on the various types of apps.

Tip: everyone underestimates how much time they spend on the phone. Not talking–looking.

Perhaps a hiatus from social media would be a great boost to your mental health. Perhaps some of that time in the morning could be spent in other spiritual practices. Or talking to those around you.

I feel conflicted about this. In my marketing roles, I’ve set up two organizations on Facebook for their marketing purposes. And, it seems to work as far as engagement and bringing in some sales.

But I’d rather we spent time reading, walking, engaging and not checking out the latest memes going around or who is dating whom or whatever it is that you do. Check out the book. It’s good.

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