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There is some evidence that we’re not just suckers for that new text message, or addicted to it; it’s actually robbing us of brain power, too. Tweet about this at your own risk.

What the Carnegie Mellon study shows, however, is that it is possible to train yourself for distractions, even if you don’t know when they’ll hit.

A mini-study in the effects of distractions and modern technology. I like the nuances here – it is not saying that it is a bad thing to have access to information in real time, it is simply pointing out that having it isn’t uncomplicated. That it may require changes in your own behavior in order to make the most out of it – or even actively train yourself to handle it in a good way. Balanced, thoughtful and very interesting.

My favorite works of fiction are often the ones where I can’t quite categorize the protagonist. Is it a good person or a bad person? As with much of life, that line is impossible to draw. Instead everything is always both, and how you look at it depends on perspective and context more than the action itself. Simply put – the gray areas are always the most interesting to me.

A Focus on Distraction – NYTimes.com

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