Is the Internet a Tool of the Devil?

Social Media Hooks our Attention and Reduces Our Productivity. What Can You Do to Combat it?

Curiosity: blessing or curse?

Curiosity. I want to know. And when I’m bored or I’m looking for a distraction from work, I need to know.

Moving From “What if” to “What Could Be” Thoughts

Fortunately, my awareness of my feelings which led back to destructive thoughts kept me from sabotaging my accomplishment. It was an awareness of how trapped I felt when I demanded (of myself and of God) to know why France and what’s next. This feeling was so different from the excitement I’d felt when I turned in my letter of resignation, sold my belongings for a song, and boarded the plane at Dulles International Airport, terror and hope coursing through my veins in equal measure. Not knowing but needing to know felt constricting; I felt afraid and alone. To combat this, I used positive affirmations and deep breathing and other mindfulness techniques to hush the negative thoughts and reassure my soul. After a few months, time and these techniques lessened my need to know, and I averted the downward emotional spiral that unhinges people when they can’t shake these thoughts of doom and gloom.

Was My Mother Right?

When the internet first came onto the scene and there were stories about pedophiles using the internet to lure children to them, my mom called the internet a tool of the devil. In some ways, I thought she might be right. But that didn’t stop me from starting a blog back in 2014. My first blog post was ironically entitled “Tool of the Devil?”

So What Can You Do?

One approach I’ve taken is to close out my social media tabs while I’m working. Out of sight, out of mind. I also place my phone in another room, so I’m not tempted to check it every five minutes. And I have started to schedule a couple of small blocks of time on my calendar, that represent real breaks from work, where I can enjoy the news of the day from friends on social media and not feel my productivity tank.

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Bold, fledgling entrepreneur, author, podcast host Discovering Courage, Finding Freedom, Living in France! Adventures.Insights. Stories. thecouragecatalyst.com

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Patricia Brooks

Bold, fledgling entrepreneur, author, podcast host Discovering Courage, Finding Freedom, Living in France! Adventures.Insights. Stories. thecouragecatalyst.com