Posted by: tamgalcook | November 25, 2015

Is the internet a distraction?

As I research Benjamin Moore Paints for an assignment, I find myself surfing the net for DIY projects. Granted, these projects include paint but they are not really applicable to my research. Still, 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)

After pondering this statement, I believe my task to find and absorb the information becomes secondary to learning.  I wander 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. Possibly, procrastination is 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 learned is there are two easy DIY house projects I want to tackle in 2016.

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