Note — Mar 31, 2019

Why “Doing Nothing” Is the Best Self-Care for the Internet Era

Seen in → No.73

Source → gq.com/story/jenny-odell-how-to-do-nothing-...

Not as strong as some of the early shares implied but useful to keep in mind for this view of the culprits of our modern malaise.

In her eyes, there are two primary culprits responsible for our modern malaise: social media and the cult of productivity. The former robs us of attention, foments hysteria and anxiety, and collapses context (“keeping us trapped in a fearful present”). The latter dictates that any surplus time we do have be used “productively,” driven towards some end goal or task. […]

[W]ithdraw your attention from social media and reroute it into more meditative pursuits that allow us to deepen our capacity for focus, connection, and curiosity.