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Sometimes you need a mental break from training. While running yesterday the pleasantly perky CNN Headline News host Robin Meade was keeping me company during my speedwork when she started sharing the news about a study saying too much computer, TV, etc. is causing brain overload, duh.
The New York Times published a feature on this topic, “Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime.” A few snippets:
- “People think they’re refreshing themselves, but they’re fatiguing themselves,” said Marc Berman, a University of Michigan neuroscientist.
- Ms. Bates, for example, might be clearer-headed if she went for a run outside, away from her devices, research suggests.
Am I Ms. Bates? Robin went on during the segment to say, “People are at the gym on their iPhones, watching TV on the treadmill…” Was she talking to moi?! I immediately turned off the TV and ran in silence for my cool down mile. Honestly, it was tough but I am trying out this whole, digital overload theory. New rule. No phones after 8 PM. Last night, success! I’m nervous about making this a habit, it’s going to be tough.
I’ll most likely go back to watching TV at the gym, it’s honestly how I get most of my news. The study serves as a strong reminder that we need to be careful of our digital intake, and multitasking typically leads to multiple things getting screwed up.
Are you trying to downsize your digital ways or are you the “more mobile the merrier” type? While we’re at it, favorite Saved By The Bell episode? Anything pre-Tori is how I roll.