Behavioral expert and author Dr. Diane Hamilton features Brian Solis and his new book Lifescale, and explores what it takes to disengage from digital distraction.
The interview draws up a lot of interesting analogies that explain the habit-forming nature of all things digital. For one, Solis likens the like button to a slot machine, where reactions, comments, and following become as addictive as the dopamine rush one feels when winning money on a gamble.
Solis says, “Lifescale isn’t just about breaking distractions and putting the phone down or maybe taking a timeout from social media. It’s more about realizing that if we spend time productively and we build new behaviors and new mindsets that are focused on surviving and thriving in a different genre, what could we do with that?… It’s not so much of technology is evil and let’s fight against it. It’s a manual for life in the digital economy,” emphasizing the need for introspection when we attempt to curb our involuntary response to distractions. He also highlights the inevitability of having the digital in our everyday lives, so what Lifescaling is really about is finding the balance between experiencing tech and leading a meaningful, purpose-driven life.
Hamilton and Solis also examine the manipulative nature of persuasive design that is adopted by tech companies to confine our attention to apps, social media, and our devices. Solis divulges that our behaviors are being hardwired to see our smartphones and devices as extensions of our body, so it becomes natural to obsessively look at our phones numerous times throughout the day. This equates to hours spent on our devices that do not contribute to work productivity or create authentic interactions.
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