I don’t think the right term for this is ‘mobile blindness’ but Seth Godin’s analogy is nevertheless instructive.
He talks about the shift over the last 20 years or so in getting our news and information on primarily via books and newspapers, to getting it via desktop computers, and now predominantly through our mobile devices. Things become bite-sized, and our attention field is wide by shallow.
Photokeratitis (snow blindness) happens when there’s too much ultraviolet–when the fuel for our eyes comes in too strong and we can’t absorb it all. Something similar is happening to each of us, to our entire culture, as a result of the tsunami of noise vying for our attention.
It’s possible you can find an edge by going even faster and focusing even more on breadth at the surface. But it’s far more satisfying and highly leveraged to go the other way instead. Even if it’s just for a few hours a day.
If you care about something, consider taking a moment to slow down and understand it. And if you don’t care, no need to even bother with the surface.
This isn’t a technology issue, it’s an attention issue. Yes, it’s possible to argue that these devices are designed to capture your attention. But we all still have a choice.
You can safely ignore what doesn’t align with your goals in life. First, of course, you have to have some goals…
Source: Seth Godin
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