Newsletter: ‘Find the torture you’re comfortable with’

web gems 1 Why Do Anything? A Meditation on Procrastination Procrastination is the purest form of idleness. Our brain’s neurons ultimately dictate what we decide to do. “Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment,” writes David Eagleman in his book The Brain: The Story of You. We are […]

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Trust your internal compass

One of the oldest surviving maps (the Babylonian Map of the World) is “about the size and shape of an early iPhone.” But it too was artifice and spin. “The map is not the territory, said Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski. Maps are deceiving representations of reality. To quote the author Mark Monmonier of [easyazon_link identifier=”0226534219″ […]

Don’t confuse social media with your diary

Authenticity is the bread and butter of developing an attractive online persona. People relate to users that share bits of their personal lives. But a lot of people confuse social media with their diary. The viewer cringes at over-admissions of vulnerability. Too much info! What followers want are real stories, not overly planned content, digital […]

Ludic loop

In his blog post on breaking phone addiction, Erik Barker uses a quote from NYU marketing and psychology professor Adam Antler to explain why we keep checking our phones again and again. The process is called a “ludic loop.” The “ludic loop” is this idea that when you’re engaged in an addictive experience, like playing slot machines, you […]

Taking an inner evaluation

    We communicate through smartphones incessantly because we can’t stand the thought of talking to ourselves. We reserve all our inner chatter for an outer narrative.  Technology critic Sven Birkerts wrote in his 1994 book The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age: Everything in contemporary society discourages interiority. More and […]