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Unplugging For Survival in the Digital World

The Joy of Quiet
By Pico Iyer - NYTimes Op Ed, December 29, 2011
"In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.…

The average American teenager sends or receives 75 text messages a day, though one girl in Sacramento managed to handle an average of 10,000 every 24 hours for a month.…

“Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.…

…after spending time in quiet rural settings, subjects 'exhibit greater attentiveness, stronger memory and generally improved cognition. Their brains become both calmer and sharper.'…

Nothing makes me feel better — calmer, clearer and happier — than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music.…"


Thanks to Anonymous for pointing this out as a comment on my post on sleeping on the beach.


Mark said...

I think my hearing has improved after moving from Brooklyn, NY to Newport, RI. Not exactly a scientific study but it makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

you are welcome LLoyd also check out the Hermitary I think you would like it.


Owl said...

Thank you Lloyd & Scrap

A great post, it is a subject I often blog about myself.
There seems to be so much to assault the mind and the senses and an awful lot of it is just advertising or meaningless stuff.

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