More and more research is popping up pointing to negative effects of being online and available all the time. Most of us are pretty accessible and judging gets slightly restless if we dont get our information fix:
” Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.”
From todays New York Times; Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price: http://bit.ly/aDLLAW
Its not just the constant need for information, I have also noticed that I increasingly dont remember information that I can easily access by googling my past emails in Gmail. A trend that is also being researched; An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness also from todays New York Times http://bit.ly/dhD7Qe
So from today, I’ll try to experience with offline creative hours. The plan is to allocate certain amount of hours every day for creative problems I have to solve. The then force myself to have email/twitter/facebook and messenger platforms closed for those hours and continue working on the problems for the specified time – even if I solve the problems quicker. Its a summer digital detox experiment 😉 . Might even try some of all those new tools that are coming out to keep us from our information addiction like Writeroom and other of these tips. I’ll let you know how it goes.