Are you in an unhealthy relationship … with your phone? Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to quantify what they’ve coined “nomophobia” (or, no-mobile-phone-phobia):
- The feelings of anxiety or distress that some people experience when not having their phone, and
- The degree to which we depend on phones to complete basic tasks and to fulfill important needs such as learning, safety, and staying connected to information and to others.
Despite simply being an exceptionally sad thing (and trust me, I’m among the afflicted), the true downside to being overly dependent on your phone is that it makes you less resourceful. In other words, we stop bothering to learn and remember things since we can simply look them up (which is why we feel so lost without the device).
- Research on transactive memory finds that when we have reliable external sources of information about particular topics at our disposal, then this reduces our motivation and ability to acquire and retain knowledge about that particular topic.
Something tells me this is a lost cause. I’d be happy if people would simply look up from their phones while walking right at me on the sidewalk, so I wouldn’t experience that momentary impulse to stiff arm them, grab the phone, and spike it.
Get Mind Full
Mindful eating involves taking smaller bites, chewing your food longer, and focusing more on he attributes of the food. Benefits include eating less thanks to allowing the sensation of fullness to arrive before piling on seconds. Check out this infographic for tips on making it happen.
The opposite of mindful eating is mindless consumption, which can easily lead to binge eating. The key is to disassociate food from emotion and realize what it’s actually for — fuel.
“Single Speed Running” is where a runner logs nearly all of his or her miles at the exact same effort, day after day. This keeps you from improving and may lead to injury. I’m guilty of this, although my single speed is zero … just to play it extra safe on the injuries.
Fighting Creation Resistance
“Do you face this resistance, and struggle with procrastination? Do you want to create daily, but face difficulty finding focus and fighting off distractions? Let’s talk about creating that habit, and how to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of the creation habit.”
Lying Down on the Job
You’ve heard 500 times by now that sitting all day is bad for you. And that a standing desk is a better solution. But the new Altwork Station, designed by aerospace engineers, lets you sit, stand, and also recline fully into a “zero g” position with a monitor, laptop, and mouse floating the proper distance away above you. And at only $3,900, it makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
“We spend an inordinate amount of time, and a tremendous amount of energy, making choices between equally attractive options in everyday situations. The problem is, that while they may be equally attractive, they are also differently attractive, with tradeoffs that require compromise.”
Some interesting points contained in this listicle. I like this one: “Mentally strong people accept themselves for who they are, while simultaneously recognizing their need for personal development.”
Something is Rocking in Denmark
“Hygge is considered such a powerful factor in Danish happiness that some universities in the UK and the US have started offering courses on it. Many think it is about lighting candles, preparing good food, and creating a nice atmosphere. But this is only the surface aspect of hygge. The truth is, it is so much deeper than that.”
All That Jazz
“Is it true, as scientific studies suggest, that a jazz musician’s brain is inherently more creative? And thus does other free form art make one more creative? The answer is complicated—psychologists are finding that plasticity, as opposed to genre, may be a more powerful measure of creativity.”
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