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    Medium | Mikael Cho | 7/15/13 | 8 min
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    • Sentien10 months ago

      It's quite eye opening to consider today's attention economy--how easy it is to get distracted by notifications on your phone for example--and its effects on mindfulness. Distractions are quite costly when you're learning! Does anyone take steps to reduce distractions while reading or studying something new?

      • thorgalle
        Scribe
        10 months ago

        Yes! I'm writing an article on that exactly. I'll get back to this comment in a week or so to share it.

        • bartadamley
          Reading streakScout
          4 months ago

          @throgalle I want to read this article of yours!

          • thorgalle
            Scribe
            4 months ago

            I appreciate the interest! As with many such promises, I didn't live up to this one 😏 I still want to write it though, and have some additional thoughts since 5 months ago. Some are in my other comment to you!

            Someday soon I hope to have a link that I can drop here ;)

    • bartadamley
      Reading streakScout
      4 months ago

      “When you consume in a passive way, by skimming and moving to the next thing, you’re at a learning disadvantage”

      The architecture/layout of the dominant informational platforms of the web are inherently setting us at a learning disadvantage. The one thing however to bear in mind, is that these platforms can be great for finding additional links, it just comes down to our attention and how we choose to interact with these additional links.

      Using social media with intent? - dang near impossible, but you can start by simply searching an individual whom you follow that you know usually provides quality info and so on..

      However, this is why Readup is inherently much better :) just the sheer fact that we are rewarded for finishing interacting with a piece of writing and then given the ability to hold onto the megaphone for a brief second to comment.

      Researchers noted that people who studied abroad were able to make quicker mental connections suggesting that full immersion in new experiences may enhance your creative juices

      Yes taking a break is a good thing. Especially taking a break to experience something novel and new!

      • thorgalle
        Scribe
        4 months ago

        The architecture/layout of the dominant informational platforms of the web are inherently setting us at a learning disadvantage. The one thing however to bear in mind, is that these platforms can be great for finding additional links, it just comes down to our attention and how we choose to interact with these additional links.

        It's true that some people have developed interesting ways and capabilities to deal with these links; to extract what's worthwhile and to learn from it effectively, like this guy. At the same time that seems to be the exception. I do think that the architecture/layout influences how we direct our attention and make choices (via the concept of Nudge). Especially due to endless feeds with fleeting, random information and habit-inducing like systems. Even if you follow only producers of "good quality info", you can get stuck with too many links?

        Using social media with intent? - dang near impossible,

        Haha, true, they make it very, very hard. I've been sparsely using social media the last years. If I visit once a week or so I can avoid the hook, but any more activity and it becomes an always-on busyness. I want to try again visiting more regularly in the near future. The plan is to 1. Schedule time for it, 2. Not use mobile apps, 3. Avoid drowning in feeds from the get-go with Unweb, 4. Control time spent & impulsive visits with Nudge, 5. No out-of-app notifications. Let's see... :)

        1. Update (8/29/2020):

          And 6. Use "demetricators" to hide like counts.

    • mamoji10 months ago

      If you make yourself available to focus deeper on what you’re consuming, you’re giving yourself a better opportunity to connect at an emotional level, retain more and be creative

      Absolutely obvious but extremely helpful and mind changing on this time.

      • aleph10 months ago

        Be more present. Life is happening.

    • exist202010 months ago

      Great stuff, in case you are suffering from information overload.

    • joshuapoh10 months ago

      Loving this one- the learning pyramid was an eye opener! And the whole idea of consuming like you’re going to teach someone - I find writing summaries or preparing to review books help to make the concepts more concrete in my mind!

      • thorgalle
        Scribe
        10 months ago

        Yes, the pyramid was new for me too, fascinating! It doesn't seem to be hard science (didn't check), but definitely helpful as a rule of thumb.

        I'm not really writing summaries now, but I'm taking notes/highlighting & gathering those in a "take aways" document. Also helpful to refer to interesting passages.

    • thorgalle
      Scribe
      10 months ago

      I love this article, in the sense that it confirms, backs up & spells out some disorganised thoughts I had for years.

      The emotional connection to learning was new for me though, and it reminds me of this passage from an essay, My Instagram:

      A voyeur knows what kind of viewer he is, but looking at Instagram, you are not always a voyeur. Neither are you always a witness, nor any other single kind of watcher. Each post interpellates you differently. Your implied identity slips with each stroke of the thumb.

      It's really why I'm avoiding social media feeds right now.

      Also, a great testament to Readup :)

    • Florian
      Reading streak
      10 months ago

      Great article about learning. The learning pyramid is eye opening.

      being in the moment decreases the noise in your brain

      This is type of meditation is often referred to as mindfulness and is something I actively try to practice

      • Sentien10 months ago

        It's quite eye opening to consider today's attention economy--how easy it is to get distracted by notifications on your phone for example--and its effects on mindfulness. Distractions are quite costly when you're learning!

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      10 months ago

      This a great article about learning and retaining. Scientists know we lose millions of neurons as we age, but learning new things and creativity can introduce new neural connections. Try things you’ve never done before like learning a musical instrument or learn how to sew or martial arts training. Exercising your brain as well as your body is the key for happiness!

    • chrissetiana
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      10 months ago

      It’s not necessarily how much you consume, but how you consume that makes the difference.

    • deephdave
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      10 months ago

      Fascinating read! @mikaelcho

      When you consume in a passive way, by skimming and moving to the next thing, you’re at a learning disadvantage.

      Instead of just trying to get to the end of your Twitter feed or articles that you saved for later, read each article as if you would need to tell a friend about it after.

      Go out with different types of people or try things you’ve never done before. When you meet new people or try unexpected events, it creates an idea cocktail in your brain.

      Instead of fighting to win the battle to consume all the information you can, come to terms with the fact that you lost the war.