In today's fast-paced and technologically advanced world, it's becoming increasingly common for people to experience an over-stimulated brain. People cannot focus for long periods, and shorter attention spans have become the norm. In this post, I'll explore the source of this problem and the steps we can take to overcome it.
I believe that there are a growing number of people who are unable to focus for long periods due to over-stimulation from social media, infinite scrolls, and other forms of digital media. These platforms use algorithms to keep users engaged, leading to longer screen time and less deep focus. The constant barrage of stimuli from these technologies can lead to a desensitization to stimuli, making it difficult to concentrate.
The source of the problem is not limited to just smartphones, although they are certainly a significant contributor. The issue existed even before smartphones, with televisions serving as an easy source of stimulation. Phones and TV are not to blame, they are just an easy way to access stimulation.
The solution to this problem is simple - just like avoiding junk food and getting regular exercise, we need to take care of our brains. We need to find time to meditate and maintain a balance in our lives. Distraction and stimulation should be avoided in the same way that sugar is avoided. The issue is widespread, and many people don't even know that they are affected until it's too late. Sugar is a great example of this phenomenon - we are unable to control our consumption in the same way that we are unable to control our access to stimulation.
Some people are less affected by this problem, just like some people are not affected by sugar cravings. However, for those who are affected, all that is required is practice - meditation, focusing on one thing at a time, and experimenting with different techniques. For example, the Pomodoro technique is a great way to focus on a single task for 25 minutes, and then take a break for 5 minutes. Another example is to limit yourself to just one tab in your web browser at a time or force yourself to not leave an article in the middle to fiddle with your phone.
In conclusion, if you're someone who struggles with an over-stimulated brain, take comfort in knowing that there are people who share the same fate as you and the symptoms will subside in a week or so if you practice abstinence. You will definitely feel the change and calmness in your mind if you follow the remediation steps outlined above. Remember, taking care of our minds is just as important as taking care of our bodies. So, let's start prioritizing our mental health and work towards a more balanced life.