Maybe you’ve heard the same complaints that I have about Western culture: we’re becoming too undisciplined; too unfocused. These new electronic distractions, like Facebook and Twitter, are destroying our ability to attend to any one task.
I’m not sure what to think about that. I know a lot of very focused, successful people. As for me, I was terribly distracted and wasteful of my time long before the Internet. Still, the electronic world puts distraction at our fingertips. Or, reframed in a more positive light, electronic connectedness offers increased opportunity to practice discipline and focus.
Over at my blog, ironshrink.com, Michele wrote in to ask how she can persuade her own mind that video games are a waste of time. I suggested that trying to persuade herself might be counterproductive for the same reason that it’s counterproductive to tell yourself not to think of an elephant. There’s a more direct route to habit change, wonderfully articulated by Victor Frankl:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”