Mindfulness & ‘Internet Brain’

Last week blogger Andrew Price shared his story of turning to meditation to help overcome “Internet Brain,” which he described as “..jumping from one diverting link to another, and sampling little snippets of text and imagery for as long as they hold your increasingly attenuated attention… [a]ny task that requires the sustained and focused application of your brain has become impossible.”

Anyone who has sat down on social media for any significant length of time could likely relate to this experience.  It’s not a fun to emerge from a session of internetting (for yourself or an employer), with a fuzzy brain, and wondering if you accomplished anything at all.

So how does mindfulness relate?  

Mindfulness meditation helps us become familiar with the inner urges which would make us jump from one thing to the next, be it a webpage, a candybar, or tv show.   It helps us to keep our values and intentions in mind while we open ourselves to information in the world around us.

When meditating regularly, my work life is much easier. I can take a break in the middle of a larger project to look up a critical piece of information or check for an important email and then catch myself immediately if I start to get sidetracked. I found that I can work consistently and productively for longer periods of time—and this means that I have more free time as well.

In her film Connected, director Tiffany Schlain explores the idea of being and feeling “connected” in the age of the internet.   What she shares about her personal experience, studies in brain chemistry, and attempting to ‘de-tox’ from technology once-a-week, is a wonderful exploration in mindful living in the age of “Internet Brain”

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If you’re interested in learning mindfulness practice, send me an email at [email protected] to discuss one-on-one or group coaching, in-person or, ironically, through the internet.