This idea that the media technologies we rely on reshape us on a fundamental, cognitive level sits at the center of Nicholas Carr’s 2010 book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. A world defined by oral traditions is more social, unstructured, and multisensory; a world defined by the written word is more individualistic, disciplined, and hypervisual. A world defined by texting, scrolling, and social feedback is addicted to stimulus, constantly forming and affirming expressions of identity, accustomed to waves of information.
I think I had covered it earlier, and I remember it was alarming to read it initially. One argument against digital reading was that it was distracting, and physical books offer a better way to consume content. Either way, I’d suggest turning off the notifications and allow your mind to wander and form contextual synaptic information pathways. I am proud of how I spend my time productively, and you don’t need to attend a course. The pathway is highly individualistic, and despite what the people on YouTube claim, it won’t give you “super-powers” to crack this code. You just need to understand what is context switching and strategise to avoid the pit falls.
Avoid social media and automate it instead.