According to Matt, when you get that notification of a new email, text or whatever you get a little drop of dopamine. It's addictive and when you're not getting that notification, you get bored. Terry Gross commented that she goes to email to wake her up. (Done that too.)
Matt also wrote in the NY Times about a group of neuroscientists who agreed to go on a "primitive" trip, free of digital devices. By the third day, everyone was more relaxed. Emails that were important before the trip were unimportant, even "silly". Ideas and debate were flowing.
Here are some ideas for breaking the addiction:
(1) A getaway:
Steve and I have a trip planned to Delta Lodge in Chequamegon National Forest in Northern Wisconsin along with a visit to Southern Wisconsin for family time and the USGP Planet Bike Cup.
|Delta Lodge, Iron River, WI|
|Cedar Glades, Hot Springs, AR|
If you're new to meditation, you might find this book helpful. Seriously, everyone can find 8 minutes in their day to rest their minds.
For something more challenging: