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Review of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World
I was recently introduced to this book via my favorite podcast. The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World, is a book written by two scientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley and Dr. Larry D. Rosen. The book describes in great detail how us humans have evolved in the world of technology in a way that has negatively impacted our world and the world around us (shocker right?) Fortunately, this was no shock to me. Unfortunately, it may be a shock to you. Why do I say that? To be boldly honest with you.
I'm a rare kind of person. These days, you don't find too many people like me. I'm extremely self-aware, self-reliant, and self-sufficient. Look around you, you don't see that. All you see is people staring at their phones, ignoring the person next to them. People don't take responsibility for their actions anymore. They're depressed and anxious all the time. They can't think clearly or even act properly. They have been taken over by technology, virtual zombies if you may.
I don't let new technology consume me like the rest of the world. And you may be one of these people, it's ok. You're not alone. But if you are one of these people, you need to know that it's not benefiting you in any way, shape, or form, to be completely consumed with the knowledge and information that technology today is providing you with.
- The Great Depression
I believe we are living in the great depression right now. We are living in a world full of technology-focused Hershey Hunters where everyone is socially inept.
I think that instead of having tablets in the classroom, they should have to read this book. It should be a mandatory educational tool for students as well as teachers. I honestly think that if this book could get into the hands of everyone, and if everyone took action we could change the world. That being said, do I believe that will happen? No. But it could. People don't want to be held accountable for their actions these days. They don't see anything wrong with what they're doing and that's part of the problem.
Would You Recommend This Book?
Absolutely, 100% would I recommend that you put your phone down and pick this book up. You never know, you may learn a thing or two (you will). You just have to give it a try. Take a new approach in your life, because the one we have been evolved into thinking is correct, isn't.
People may praise those like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for introducing us to the 'glamorous world' of technology. But this statement remains true that you should never judge a book by its cover. As humans, we were never meant to process all of this information 24/7/365 a year. And if you look around you, you can see what it's doing to us. People are killing people in mass shootings. People are trolling on the internet all day long cyberbullying people until they commit suicide. Our president is tweeting inappropriate things to us on a daily basis. Why is this happening? Because we wanted to live in a high-tech world, that's why.
If we want to make any kind of change in the world. Change starts here. It starts within. We need to put down our phones, tablets, and smartwatches and proceed life they way we were made to live it. And enjoy it.
© 2017 Talulah Roe