Through a series of lucid and engaging exercises, readers are invited to discover healthier and more effective digital practices 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.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Preface: Living Fast and Slow ix
1 Falling in the Fountain 1
2 Observing Our Online Lives 17
3 Attention, Emotions, and the Body 27
4 Exercise 1: Observing Email (or Facebook or Texting …) 42
5 Exercise 2: Focused Email (or Facebook or Texting …) 67
6 Exercise 3: Observing Multitasking 84
7 Exercise 4: Focused Multitasking 111
8 Exercise 5: Mindful Unplugging 130
9 Honing Our Digital Craft 153
10 Broadening and Deepening the Conversation 167
Appendix A Two Attention- Training 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
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