Posted by: tamgalcook | November 23, 2015

Is the internet a distraction?

As I research Benjamin Moore Paints for a paper, I find myself surfing the net for DIY projects. Granted, these projects include paint they are not really applicable to my research. It seems the various links distract me.  They take me away from my primary goal— the mission and vision of Benjamin Moore Paints.

“When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning.” (Carr, Pg. 116)

As I examine this statement, I believe my task to find the information and absorb it becomes secondary to learning.  I wonder around sites and scan over key words: mission, vision, values, profits, competition. While information is accessible via the internet, I detour from my main subject to check Facebook or emails. Possible procrastination happening or is it merely another distraction. I believe it is time to head to Linfield’s library to accomplish my assignment otherwise all I have learned is there are two easy DIY projects I want to tackle in 2016 at the house.

Here is the question I pose you grad students: Is the internet a distraction or can you overcome the distractions to find what you need for your paper?  The following links are great articles that might help you determine if you are easily distracted and what we can do to overcome our addiction…

http://99u.com/articles/6969/10-online-tools-for-better-attention-focus

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/students-cant-resist-distraction-two-minutes-neither-can-you-f1C9984270

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/technology/21brain.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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