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Being Online and Mindful
It's hard to sustain mindfulness browsing the internet. Two or three clicks into our quest for information or edification, we find ourselves like passengers in a self driven Tesla navigating only to the closest shopping center. Marketers know all too well that adrenaline and dopamine direct our online activity more than any intention we might have to find what we need or get some work done. Amazon and Groupon evidently rev us up more than The Wall Street Journal and BBC.
Perhaps no surprise to many, recent surveys by Independent market research groups like Childwise show what some might consider a monumental shift in our kids' media habits from the TV "tube" to online video sites and social media.
The latter might be considered a two-edged sword. online social exchanges become as significant as those they have in person. While as middle school educators we continue to educate and direct kids regarding their school and online social behaviors, we also continue to be impressed with the tremendous capacity they have to care for each other without any help from us.
A recent short New York Times piece, How to Be Mindful with Facebook, points out that students can apply mindful awareness to all areas of their lives, including their time online. Author David Gelles offers this advice for social media use, something great for all of us:
Take a moment before you log on to your phone or computer.
Evaluate your intentions.
Before posting anything on social media, ask yourself three questions:
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Post only if the answer to all three is yes.
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