Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

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Yale University Press, Jan 28, 2016 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
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From email to smart phones, and from social media to Google searches, digital technologies have transformed the way we learn, entertain ourselves, socialize, and work. Despite their usefulness, these technologies have often led to information overload, stress, and distraction. In recent years many of us have begun to look at the pluses and minuses of our online lives and to ask how we might more skillfully use the tools we’ve developed.


David M. Levy, who has lived his life between the “fast world” of high tech and the “slow world” of contemplation, offers a welcome guide to being more relaxed, attentive, and emotionally balanced, and more effective, while online. In a series of exercises carefully designed to help readers observe and reflect on their own use, Levy has readers watch themselves closely while emailing and while multitasking, and also to experiment with unplugging for a specified period. Never prescriptive, the book opens up new avenues for self-inquiry and will allow readers—in the workplace, in the classroom, and in the privacy of their homes—to make meaningful and powerful changes.

 

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Contents

1 Falling in the Fountain
1
2 Observing Our Online Lives
17
3 Attention Emotions and the Body
27
Observing Email or Facebook or Texting
42
Focused Email or Facebook or Texting
67
Observing Multitasking
84
Focused Multitasking
111
Mindful Unplugging
130
Appendix A Two AttentionTraining Practices
185
Appendix B A Template for Logging Your Observations
190
Appendix C Contemplative Pedagogy
192
Appendix D The Mindful Use of Technology
194
Appendix E Digital Dependency and Addiction
196
Notes
201
Bibliography
209
Index
219

9 Honing Our Digital Craft
153
10 Broadening and Deepening the Conversation
167

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About the author (2016)

David M. Levy is a professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. He has for many years led efforts to bring contemplative practices and perspectives into higher education.

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