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Mindfulness Can Compensate for the Negative Effects Technology Has on Time Perception

January 27, 2014

A Huffington Post article discusses current views in psychology on the relationship between time and technology today. While technology has created many positive consequences, its use also created negative ones. Prolonged use of technology not only creates a faster perception of time, but also negatively affects how we think.

MeditationDr. Philip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University, says that the way we experience and perceive time can have a profound psychological effect. With frequent and sometimes even compulsive use of technology, perception of time speeds up. As a result, one enters a state of “heightened present hedonisms,” in which one focuses only on what is right in front or immediately after.  One of the side effects of this focus is the creation of a need for instant gratification. To combat this, Dr. Zimbardo suggests that we dedicate a certain amount of time each day to mindfulness, such as meditation. Such practice can actually alter time perception by shifting the brain’s attention resources to a truly present state.

To access the article on Huffington Post click here.

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