Do you know that our brains are being rewired by the constant interactions we have with our devices?
For an insightful look at this phenomenon, you should check out “A Sociology of the Smartphone“. In it the author writes about the addictive nature of smartphone interactions:
“Whether consciously or otherwise, interaction designers have learned to stimulate and leverage this desire: they know full well that every time someone texts you, ‘likes’ your photo or answers your email, it changes you materially, rewiring neurotransmitter pathways, lighting up the reward circuits of your brain, and enhancing the odds that you’ll trigger the whole cycle over again when the dopamine surge subsides in a few seconds.”
This article juxtaposes to a book I’m listening to entitled “Quiet” by Susan Cain. I listen to the book on my daily walks through the local trails in my community (I got the audio book for free from Overdrive). Although, I’m using my smartphone to listen to this book, for those 60 minutes that I enjoy walking, I don’t feel as if I’m “digitally connected”.
I’m using only my ears to listen and think about what the author is saying. I only use my eyes to help me navigate and enjoy nature. These “Listening Walks” are a very different experience than the normal heads-down visually charged finger activated smartphone interactions that we see around us.
I’ve even seen some people on my walks, heads down swiping through their Smartphone and not enjoying nature in the slightest! It’s also dangerous not looking where you’re walking. Texting while Walking causes over 11,000 injuries per day!
Extrovert, Introvert or Ambivert?
“Quiet” is a book about introverts and thinkers. It’s the “Road Less Traveled”. In a world where the attributes of the “Extrovert” are so highly extolled that any person different from a speed-talking, attention-grabbing, social media posting person is considered an “Underachiever”. In contrast, the Introvert’s thoughtful work is often found as less than desirable — scribbled away in some blog post with just a few views.
But frequently these new paths explored lead to innovations – new ways of thinking that can often propel an aging company into reaping new profitable revenue streams. The hardened path of the extrovert delivers expected results until they don’t. The adventurous introvert treads new ground that is riskier but potentially more rewarding.
I think the Ambivert is a more balanced personality trait – “a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features”. The practical introvert adjusts as the need arises. Think of a person who is ambidextrous – able to use either their right or left hand with ease.
Who is your favorite Introvert? Mine is Dr.Seuss . This innovative author of 49 children’s books selling over 500 million copies worldwide, was quite a rapscallion; authoring books ofwild rhyming stories about fantastically colored alternative worlds with oddball characters.Dr. Seuss’ books are in stark contrast to the sterile books of the time like “Fun with Dick and Jane“. Do you remember these books?
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you’re going to have to learn a lot by
yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
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