The "sadness of sadness" is in us.
A survey by 2018 of the insurance company Cigna has found that most Americans, especially Millennials and Generation Z, are considered sad.
However, in his new book, "Digital Minimalism," Cal Newport is making a case for solitude, and doubts that we do not get enough of it.
Newport is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University and is the author of the "Deep Work" 2016 bestseller. In "Digital Minimalism," he directs readers to reduce the amount of time and energy they dedicate to digital technology, in an effort to help them focus on the people and activities they really value.
So when Newport talks about solitude, he speaks specifically about the type of tech-free. Think of solo walks in nature (sans phone) or minutes spent in silent meditation (sans computer). Unfortunately, he writes, we are currently experiencing a cultural phenomenon he called "solitary solitude," or "a state where you spend almost no time alone on your own mind and free from thinking from other minds. "
The problem? Newport writes: "When you avoid unity, you lose the positive things that are causing you: the ability to clarify difficult problems, to improve your emotions, to establish moral courage, and to strengthen relationships. "
Newport mentions some other resource experts suggesting that spending too much time on your phone can lead to anxiety and depression. Even if you do not get the leap of logic beside him, it seems as if social media browsing and responding to a faint texts can leave us in a void existence, stuck somewhere between enjoying the company of others and enjoying ourselves.
A solitary time alone may be difficult at first, but important
A potential solution, therefore, is to place the phone down every time and often in person or be real alone. Newport has spent more time on the second option, considered as, as many successful people before him, he often takes a long solo, to work through a problem or engage in some of their concerns -muni.
A growing body of research lends Newport's religious argument. For example, letting your mind (where you can, technically, do in the presence of other people) can make creative thinking easier.
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The psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman that many people are getting their best ideas in the shower. "Relaxing, lonely, and innocuous baths can provide creative thinking by allowing free thinking, and causing people to become more open in their inner sense of consciousness and daydreams, "says Kaufman.
The main difference between loneliness and the kind of independence you make that is more successful is that the latter is voluntary. Like Kenneth Rubin, a psychologist in the development of the University of Maryland, The Atlantic said, one of the requirements for productive unity is that you can join a social group when you choose.
Newport, for his part, is easy to admit that it might be difficult to take time for unity in your daily schedule. What's more, it may be uncomfortable to sit in your own thoughts and emotions without the escape icon Facebook app.
Matthew Bowker, a psychoanalytic political theorist at Medaille College, told The Atlantic, "It may take a little bit of work before it becomes a pleasant experience. But at the moment it becomes perhaps the most important relationship of anyone, your relationship with yourself. "