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How addictive digital behaviors prevent deep work and what to do about it Our tech-fueled world begs for your attention. This is, perhaps, the most significant personal challenge we face on a day-to-day basis. The world’s smartest, most highly-motivated professionals in advertising, marketing, politics, news media, and technology are on a perpetual mission to gain …

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This past week featured several new reports about the state of social media and the public’s disenchantment with sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The big survey from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News rounded up all the negativity here. Generally, I agree. I don’t think social media is good for you. I don’t …

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My children took swimming lessons when they were toddlers. It was one of those Australian schools where the kids jump right in and experience the difference and the trauma of water and the inability to breathe (and the ability to sink!). We also signed them up for lifeguard training at the age of 9 so …

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How totally naive is this?: “Children’s time and attention should never be used for profit.” From the article: What Our Brain On Tech Means for Kids and Adults Alike My view from the comments section: The final point seems a bit naive — “Don’t Target Kids with Ads.” One of Marvel’s biggest achievements in 2018 was introducing Thanos …

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[CLICK ABOVE FOR PODCAST INTERVIEW ON THIS TOPIC] Last spring, my son (15) shared some interesting news. The game he and his buddies play – Fortnite – got a new character feature that’s directly from the Avengers: Infinity War movie. In the game, he said, you can become the Thanos character from the movie and have all-dominant powers. Then …

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Case Study My older sons (13 and 15) have been following people on Instagram for a couple of years now. One of the first guys they glommed onto in a celebrity kind of way was someone who referred to himself as Uncle Tito. This is a surf industry guy, about 32 years old, who’s hyper focused …

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