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Are you distracted or just a distraction?

Updated on April 16, 2014

Not paying attention to teachers

Sleep: the easy distraction

Being Distracted

can be very dangerous, an embarrassment, and problem if not dealt with immediately.

There are numerous distractions to take our attention and turn it upside down and on everything and everyone but what we need to be focused upon.

And if we are the distracter, that is equally bad. What if, for the time we are a distraction to that one person in class, work, or school, we have robbed them of a brilliant idea or thought?

Being a distraction or distracter is a problem in our society.

I choose not to be either.

There are so many grade-level, high school, and college students . . .

Who are now wishing that they had paid more attention to that "boring" instructor instead of day-dreaming of the huge blow-out party that they were invited to that night.

And as for adults, why didn't "Joe," the truck driver, who had a big opportunity to get off the road and be promoted to a supervisor, but instead nodded-off in the special classes his company sent him to take and he didn't pass the supervisor's test.

You see. Distractions and distracters affect everyone.

Is day-dreaming a distraction?

Let's be honest

with each other. In 2014 there are so many distractions for the old and young alike, that it is tough keeping focused on just one subject.

This isn't a cop-out or promoting an easy way out. It is a problem that used to be a cute thing to do.

"Ohhh, that Mike. He is such a distraction I can hardly listen to my preacher."

Sound familiar?

We, as a public service, need to decide to make a wise choice as to which we are in life. A distraction or a distracter.

Just what will being distracted cost me?

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Success
  4. Advancement
  5. Self-respect
  6. Respect of others

Other distractions

Mind on several subjects
Mind on several subjects
Falling asleep due to studying all night
Falling asleep due to studying all night
Is this how you feel?
Is this how you feel?
Someone's got a guy on her mind
Someone's got a guy on her mind
Let's text him to see if he likes us
Let's text him to see if he likes us
Something outside is more interesting
Something outside is more interesting
Texting: a dangerous distraction
Texting: a dangerous distraction

Just what is a distraction?

any thing, person, object -- real or fictitious, that hampers or lulls our attention from what we are supposed to be thinking about.

Here are a few distractions you might recognize

  1. Cell phones
  2. Portable video games
  3. Tablets
  4. iPads
  5. Smart Phones
  6. Earbuds
  7. Pretty girls
  8. Handsome guys
  9. Money
  10. Power
  11. Status

How to know if you are a distraction

  • Your grades start spiraling in a downward trend
  • People have to refresh your memory of what happened yesterday
  • You cannot hold the simplest of jobs
  • You somehow think a long nap will solve all of your problems
  • All-night chats in chat rooms on the Internet are an addiction
  • You think to yourself that you can catch-up later
  • You are blamed for giving wrong information to an important friend of your family and it leads to a huge blow-up
  • You have no girl or boyfriends because you cannot stay focused on them

How to know if you distract people

  • What used to be fun is no longer fun to your friends who now hate you for causing them to fail at school
  • You are labeled a troublemaker, a name you used to despise
  • You see no harm in changing the instructor's study plan to one that was used last year
  • You get laughs galore from seeing your friends and family always confused when you are around
  • The word, "lax," becomes your middle name
  • People in class or work are always saying,"We best get back to our jobs."

Do not panic

This problem is not without solution. Although at your low-point, you might think your life is all but over, it is not.

You are going to have to re-learn how to not be distracted by people, animals, songs, or anything else you have allowed to take your focus a prisoner.

Things you can do to start regaining your focus

  1. Learn to say, "not now," when a friend texts you in class.
  2. Learn to say, "No," when they text you again.
  3. Make-up your mind to not be robbed of that raise, passing grade or that respect that you let go when you were not paying attention.
  4. Fill your mind with positive things. The frivolous things are what is tearing your attention span apart.
  5. Learn to set boundaries to your friends - tell them plainly when to call you and when they can come to your house to hang-out.
  6. Set your priorities and stick to them. Losing focus only happens when your priorities are out of sync with your life choices.

So what will it be, a distraction or someone who distracts?

Drop that rubic's cube and answer me.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Sure you can. Go for it. And I am very humbled and honored that you should ask this.

      You are the FIRST. Thank you and God bless you.

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Can I link this to my hub on writers paralysis? I love this hub, it has great ideas and would work nicely with my hub. I am going to print it out for my kids.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear new friend, Annegma, (love your name),

      This is my first comment/reply to you and I am excited. Thank you so much for your sincere compliment.

      In high school I was a weakling for distractions--by the three gorgeous girls in my class who would walk past the rooms where I was working and well, never mind. It was a miracle of God that I even graduated.

      I learned when I got into the real world that being distracted at work can cost you a lot. I accidentally shot my finger with a staple gun in a housing factory and had to be taken to the doctor.

      I was distracted with a daydream of what I was going to do on the weekend.

      Aneegma, thanks so much for this comment. I love it.

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      Merida Craze 

      4 years ago

      I was about to call it a day wondering around the web and thanks to this hub I'm super distracted lol. Wish I read this when I was a high schooler as I sure was a super distraction to everything and everyone. Brilliant hub. Enjoyed reading it.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypsy,

      You are right also. Today there are way too many distractions and you are so right--people seemingly want to be distracted.

      What is wrong with our society?

      Thank you for your sweet comments.

      Love, K.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sheila,

      I agree 100%. Cell's do have their place, but in church? I know some kids who have tried (and failed) to play games during church but their caring parents stopped that quickly.

      And people who stop me in mid-sentence to take this call as they wink and say.

      Then forget to ask me to continue.

      Uggh!!! Narcissists.

      Thanks, dear friend, for your comments.

    • catgypsy profile image


      4 years ago from the South

      Yes, there re so many distractions today and people seem to want to be distracted too. They don't care if it's rude or annoying. Good topic!

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      4 years ago

      Cell phones have their place in our lives, but the classroom and workplace shouldn't be included. I hate them when people use them instead of doing whatever they're supposed to be doing. My phone doesn't distract me because I ignore it unless I'm on a break. Other people distract me when they're on their phones because I can't help sitting there thinking more about how they shouldn't be on the phone instead of doing my own work. Sadly, I don't think most people will ever let go of their electronics (whatever they may) and decide to stop being distracted or a distraction.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Ohh, (sigh), Yaawwwn! What was that? Oh, LOL. Great comment, truthfornow.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      And yes they are, but I am grateful to stay on-point long enough to give you a respectable reply.



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      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I got distracted while reading this . . . lol. It does seem like there are more distractions out there in the world. I enjoyed the read.


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