Scrolling has become an integral part of our daily lives. The promise of having everything at our fingertips is so overwhelming and worrying at the same time, on the one hand we see that an ample amount of apps are being released every single day – nearly 500 a day – on the most popular platforms of Android and iOS. On the other we see a lot of very beneficial apps that really process certain painful banal tasks more efficiently than human.
There’s almost an app for everything you may or may not imagine. Every time you consciously decide using an app, you give up part of your brain and trade it off with a very fancy touchy screen – average user touches his phone 110 times a day – I wonder how many of our friends and beloved ones that we touch that much next to our phones.
The screeching voice of notifications calling for your attention is wallowing. Every single notification, a vibrating phone against your wooden table, or a blinking LED disturbs you from being present and conscious to what you were originally doing. Therefore it results a shorter attention-span, and causes your focus to dwindle and it takes you a whole amount of time to refocus again and bring all the energy back into what you were doing.
The scroll-scroll behavior is the integral contributor to the fallacy of multitasking, we have been sold the myth of linking multitasking with smartness. We measure the success of our days according to horizontal success, how many tasks we have accomplished through the day, the more the merrier. You text and drive, text and talk with friends, you check phone while talking to your beloved ones, you like a picture on facebook while thinking about a spreadsheet formula, you scroll-scroll the lengthy article cause you don’t have time to read all way through. You focus is always looking forward to the next moment. You start fidgeting waiting in a queue, you get the picture!
Which leads to continuously building a false expectations in every aspect of your life, you expect everything in your life to behave like google. You type the magic keywords and bam you get zillion of results in a fractions of seconds. You start expecting everything in your life to behave the same way as google. Your hard work should yield results the next week if not the next week. Your muscular mass should get bigger after a week of intense workout. Your friends should reply to you the next minute, everything should conform to your expectations the very next moment and this is when you keep hitting the wall.
Multitasking on the one hand leaves us with a false feeling of accomplishment, but it also takes away our feel of empathy. As you’ve experienced many things in your life merely through the surface, but never got the chance to experience the depth of anything. You were merely touched the surface, the experience of multitude but not the magnitude of life.
While unitasking require more focus and allows you to intently pour your energy into a certain task, it allows you to deep-dive all the way through the depth of a certain difficulty. That on the way down you start exploring the neighboring roots of other things you never thought they would be connected at the depth. As they seemingly way too far from being close in resemblance on the top. What you discovered at the depth is not only a new perspective on the difficulty, but more of a reflection of who you also are deep inside.
Now, would you keep multitasking and keep revisiting the same exact venues of everyday? Or start unitasking and start seeing the blind-spots that you were never entitled to see from the surface?! Think again..
Till next time..