In late November 1992, renowned psychologist, economist and Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon coined the term “attention economy”. Research Paper Titled “The Bottleneck of Attention: Connecting Thought with Motivation.” Their research determined that attention was a “barrier of human thought” that limits both what we can see and what we can do in stimulating environments. Little did they know that the impending technology singularity we now know as the modern Internet was about to emerge in our social fabric.
Fast forward a few years and see Tristan Harris, a technology ethicist, co-founder of the Center for Human Technology, and one of the stars of Netflix’s 2020 docudrama social dilemma, 2014 TEDx Brussels delivered Conversation which would accept Simon’s words and transform them into a new type of social subordination. Harris said that the attention economy is not really the attention economy; It really is a distraction economy. They put a unique spin on an otherwise explicit approach to what technology, and the innovation behind technology’s grip, gives and takes away from tech consumers.
The reason many technical people become cyber security professionals is usually not for the allure of being competent. Nick Burns someone’s work partner. Even the well-intentioned person who writes all their passwords on a sticky note, and says sticky note under their desk, is just the icing on the cake when it comes to the tough life of a cyber security professional. . Nonetheless, the digital rabbit hole is real.
yes that rabbit bill. It’s easy to fall for one, even at 6:00 a.m. (yes, really).
Even as a cyber security professional, this ritualistic morning routine has become my habit. I used social media and its various useless stuff as my daily alarm clock. For me, I connected with the newness of the present day only by trying to chase and validate friends’ social media posts the day before (or even the week before). My friendships and relationships became superficial, others entangled in this web of superficial terms. And let’s not get into mindless scrolling and even on a good day, the hours never turn back. Even with full information about the number of data points Being collected by this digital machine, I could only taste the more juicy sweetness as I consumed this algorithmic opium the morning after.
So, I stopped.
Going out of my way not only allowed my own inner momentum to seek the best path forward, but I was also able to progress in my mornings without the noise of my tantrum-driven toddler ego. I implemented a daily, non-negotiable meditation practice, and — like most addictions — I began asking myself holistic questions soon after I woke up:
• Does everything I see online right now reflect my values?
• At the end of each day, how has my screen time helped me improve myself?
• What can I modify or commit in my screen time to make a lasting change with my relationships?
• If I consider each megabyte as a piece of food, what percentage of quality food do I consume online today?
• Is my relationship with social media or technology healthy in the early morning?
oh did someone mention digital detox?
look, even a doctor needs a doctor, which explains why many of us who feel connected to technology never take the right time to understand the balance between the dark side of technology and our mental health. My journey continues and surprisingly I have not completely distanced myself from social media. i just became aware of awareness disregard it and its much the same way i will disregard it Harmful digital medicine. This is where our worlds merge as cyber security professionals and consumers. So, here’s the advice I have to offer based on my own experience:
• Don’t use your phone as your alarm clock. In fact, don’t take it to your bedroom at night at all. If you want to use something like the Kindle app, put your phone in airplane mode to avoid disturbances while reading.
• Follow the Tim Ferriss model of digital detoxing by not checking email first thing in the morning. never. Try meditating instead (even for 10 minutes), or follow a breathing routine or a cold shower routine first.
• Set reminders throughout the day to stay alert, effective, and present in whatever you’re doing. Get rid of all other notifications, and try not to keep your phone on you for specific time increments throughout the day.
• Remember that this journey is underway, and there will be a million things to catch your attention before breakfast. Minimize, reduce and redo all the things that don’t really give you your best tech life.
Overall, this process has taught me about true speed. This routine took time, but in a few weeks, it replaced my previous morning’s journey of guilt and shame with a renewed sense of awareness and technical curiosity.
Now, let me go back to these very sticky notes.