[ Music playing ] Something that distracts me? Um… Oh man, computers? Traffic. This thing. My phone [ laughs] for sure, yeah. Mmm, my wife. [ laughs ] I’m just kidding. Seeing the lights flash on my phone. You have to look at it, ’cause it bothers me if I just hear it. (Beep beep beep)
Or like vibrate or whatever, I’ll be like, “Oh god, I’ve got to check that!” My attention span is down to about
10 seconds [ laughs ]. Nothing is intrinsically distracting, right? If you want to be spending an hour on social media paging through your friends’ updates, then that is not a distraction. It’s only a distraction if you find yourself doing that when you meant to be working on something else. It’s really important to understand the weaknesses in how your brain processes information. When you’re focusing on something, you activate a network in your brain that involves the prefrontal cortex, and its connectivity with the rest of the brain. If there is a distraction, it degrades the strength of this connectivity, and that degrades your performance. You can be pulled away from something that’s really important to you by something that’s really superficial. You know, to me, a healthy relationship with technology is one that’s informed, where you make decisions about how you engage with it, and not allowing it to drive your interactions. And so it really is a matter of each of us setting really clear intentions, and then developing tactics that help us stay focused when we do get distracted.