reclaiming-attention

Man, there’s a whole industry, a whole series of built-in and third-party software applications, and even entire devices and retreats people can use/go to in order to reclaim some semblance of attention span.nnWhy?nnBecause self-control and willpower are fickle things that need the assistance of software to regain. Of course, it is **software** itself that *is* the distraction – but more is more, and less is none, right?nnIt’s the most foolish thing I’ve ever seen – pure snake oil. “Download our app, use this feature, plant this garden, XYZ etc. – and YOU can have personal integrity and not give yourself a panic attack by not using a phone for 20 minutes!”nnIt’s “doing what’s normal – monkey see/monkey do” on a micro level every step of the way. It’s rElAtAbLe to be a phone junkie and ignore other humans to doomscroll, instead. nnI mean, we *ALL* do things that *other* humans do, right? Why not extend that to when no one is looking? When you’re on your own, personal, private, “me” time? Because companies know this. In fact, they know/capitalize on the fact that people can’t drag themselves away from social media (and their phones, in general) so they just make a double-edged profit off of it by *boasting* how good their “attention claiming” or “calming” features are.nnMove along ffs, haha

Subscribe to from the desk of TMO

Don’t miss out on the latest issues. Sign up now to get access to the library of members-only issues.
jamie@example.com
Subscribe