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Distraction at Dartmouth College

John M. Rodgers | Posted 04.17.2014 | Education
John M. Rodgers

Over the past year, Dartmouth College has experienced a number of events that have disturbed the normal operations of the institution from last April'...

Patience In The Age Of Distraction

Pacific Standard | CASEY N. CEP | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

The meaning of patience has changed over time, but that hasn’t made it any easier to practice. There is a bar of marzipan across the table from m...

Tuned In And Turned Off

Jess Carbino | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Jess Carbino

While technological advances, such as online dating, are responsible for creating many relationships, technology does not necessarily impact all relationships positively.

There Are No More Tables for Two

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

These days, when couples go out to eat together, the first thing they do is pull out their devices, if they are not already in their clutches, and place them on the table between each other.

Is Technology Worsening Our Basic Restlessness?

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We need to stay fiercely aware of its power to steer us away from our true needs. We must remain mindful of our own minds and careful not to be seduced into the unconsciousness that technology makes possible.

Being in the Moment When We Don't Like the Moment

Nancy Colier | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Life includes experiences we want and ones we don't. We are better at being present in the ones we want, and we need more practice staying in the moments we don't want. Many people ask me why we would even try and be present in the bad moments.

The Noise Can Be Too Much

Lindsey Mead | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Lindsey Mead

"For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much." I have not been able to get Jim Carrey's tweet on the occasion of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death out of my head. That line has been running through my thoughts pretty much constantly since Hoffman's death.

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

One Word That Helped Me Stand Up To My Inner Bully

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you think badgering, bullying, or constantly correcting your child will make him or her more likable, more confident, or more successful, please reconsider. Because the truth is this: It's hard to love yourself with a bully breathing down your neck.

Our Powerful And Fragile Attention

Linda Stone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Stone

What if I told you that the way we are talking about attention is part of the problem? Our conversation about distraction, multitasking, and the stern command to focus, actually creates a level of stress, anxiety, and shame.

In A World Of Constant Digital Distractions, These Tools Can Help You Stay Focused And Be More Present

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

For all the ways technology saves us time, it's also left us more distracted -- and in many cases less productive -- than ever before. We're so used t...

How Smartphones Behave Like Children

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

We all know that kids like smartphones. But in some important ways, smartphones are like kids.

7 Ways to Sharpen Your Focus

Daniel Goleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

Here are some practical ways to stay focused despite the blizzard of distractions.

Taking Away My Daughter's Smile

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Although I managed to plaster on a smile in public, my face wore a frown in the privacy of my home. You see, when you are living a highly distracted life, nothing -- not even the beautiful faces of your loving family -- can bring you joy.

The Benefits of a Productive Cocoon

Daniel Goleman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Daniel Goleman

Every morning I go off to a small studio behind my house to write. I try to ignore all email and phone calls until lunchtime. Then I launch into the sometimes frantic busy-ness of a tightly scheduled day. But that protected time in the morning is when I get my really productive work done.

Please, Let This Product Be Our Low Point

Melissa Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

"It makes potty training fun and easy!" How fun and easy does potty training have to be? How distracted do our kids need to be all the time? How distracted do WE need to be all the time?

I Want to Die a Wealthy Man

Ari Andersen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

For the first time in my life I can do whatever I want to do, yet I sometimes find myself wishing the hours of the day would move faster. I am filled with self-doubt about my ability to do something meaningful. I do not think I am alone in thinking these things.

Proof That Boredom Isn't As Bad As Your Parents Always Told You

Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living

City-dwellers (especially New Yorkers) tend to pride themselves on their jadedness. A blasé, don't-know-don't-care attitude allows them to walk by va...

Two Minutes That Could Have Cost Me Everything

Jennifer Meer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

We live in an age where we are constantly fed messages that we should try to do as much as we can as fast as we can; to live at maximum efficiency. Except when we shouldn't. Sometimes I feel like we are multi-tasking ourselves right past the point of it all anyway.

How to Manage the Two Biggest Distractions

Daniel Goleman | Posted 12.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

Being able to keep your focus amidst the daily din of distraction makes you better able to use whatever talents you need to apply -- whether making a business plan or a cheese soufflé. The more prone to distraction, the worse we do.

A Parent's Full Focus Is a Form of Love

Daniel Goleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Daniel Goleman

Mutual focus -- paying attention to each other -- is the key ingredient in rapport. We can't have chemistry with someone without such full focus. And given the zillion distractions we all face, the need to make a conscious effort to create these rich moments has never been greater.

The Four Basic Moves to Strengthen Focus

Daniel Goleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

The more focused we are, the more successful we can be at whatever we do. And, conversely, the more distracted, the less well we do. This applies across the board: sports, school, career.

5 Easy Ways of Undoing Distraction

Michael Taft | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

Distraction dilutes brain power, frazzles the nerves and results in non-optimum outcomes. The cure is to do one thing at a time. That's it in a nutshell. Do just what you're doing, and don't do anything else.

Maximize Your Distraction: 3 Criteria for Wasting Time on the Web

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

It would be great to go cold turkey, but the reality is most of us are going to continue grabbing for our devices. But at least we can be somewhat intentional. Think of these like a nicotine patch. You're not giving up your drug. You're weaning yourself off it with a different delivery system.

How To Ditch Digital Distractions (And Actually Focus)

Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, PhD There’s no doubt that technology can be addictive -- seeing that someone liked your Facebook post literally gives...