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Continuing last week’s conversation, in this episode Dr. Newport delves into two things that have become ubiquitous in our lives: texting and email. Whether it is logistical texts with our kids or emails for work, these two technologies can occupy a large portion of our days. Indeed, even a quick text or email can cost us time, as we shift our attention between different contexts.
While texting and email may by now feel like second nature, have we ever stopped to think about how best to use these technologies?
In addition to tackling these topics, Cal runs through three practices to help us better spend that treasure which is our time:
- Practice solitude
- Quit socials to foster authentic conversations
- Reclaim true leisure
To close, Cal offers some words of wisdom to our graduating seniors, as they head off to college. If they can learn to use technology well, in an integrated and intentional way, they will be at a tremendous advantage. Their time will double, their focus sharpen, and–what is more–they’ll form meaningful friendships along the way.
- The necessity of times of solitude and self-reflection
- Why you should quit social media and become truly social
- Reclaim leisure to live more meaningful lives
- How to integrate texting into a purposeful life
- What psychology and brain science can teach about texting
- What the pandemic has shown us about the dual nature of technology
- The human brain is not a parallel processor and why this matters
- How companies can better use email to improve workflows
- The attention capital principle
- What graduating seniors can learn to make the most of technology in college–and beyond.