A few weeks ago, on a Friday night, after a delicious meal, I curled up in bed, and started to read a New York magazine article called “In Defense of Distraction“. I say “started to read” and not “read” because the writer went on and on for so many pages there was only so much I could take before I got, well, distracted.
What I was able to surmise from the part that I saw, is that there is an over-stimulation epidemic in the world today, and it could have long term effects on people’s ability to think, focus, and concentrate. BlackBerry’s and twittering, Facebook and cell phones, email, YouTube, flickr and blogs are constantly competing for our attention.
Even as the guy was writing the article he described all the things that were beeping and clicking and hampering him from actually completing it. And so I stopped reading at that point and listened to all the distractions in my home, but there weren’t any, because it was Shabbos, and all of my gadgets were sleeping as peacefully as my family was.
I smiled to myself as sat there for a moment just enjoying the silence around me, and then I let myself get distracted by something I’m often too busy to notice these days: tiredness. So I put the magazine down and went to sleep early that night. And it was wonderful.