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72: David Klein - How Tech Affects Teens

Ep. 72

In episode 72, David Klein joins us for a conversation about America Offline, which aims to create transformational offline experiences for teens and their families. David is passionate about reconnecting through various learning and development programs. 


Throughout our conversation, David explains how today’s teenagers are a product of how society has developed. He’s witnessed the side effects of technology overuse, and it’s impacting their personalities and how they relate to one another. David continues by sharing some strategies for creating more connection-focused spaces at home. 


Some Questions I Ask: 

  • What motivated you to start America Offline? (4:18)
  • What are the key additional factors other than technology that drive the changes in teenagers today? (11:58)
  • How can people take part in America Offline? (21:50)


In This Episode, You Will Learn: 

  • Robert’s weekly tip for staying connected and present. (0:48)
  • What’s driving anxiety and depression in kids. (12:36)
  • How America Offline retreats help participants authentically connect with others. (15:32)
  • How David reintegrates smartphones at the end of America Offline retreats to teach kids how to continue to reap the benefits of mindful tech use. (23:27)


Resources: 

America Offline

iGen by Jean Twenge

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81: Practicing Mindfulness In The Midst Of A Crisis

Ep. 81
We’ve now entered our fourth month living in the midst of Covid-19. As all of us have begun to adjust to life in isolation and become accustomed to an ever increasing sense of uncertainty, the need for anxiety management tools have never been more pressing.There are so many benefits to practicing and implementing mindfulness into our routines, especially right now. In this episode, I share a few techniques that I’ve used to put difficult circumstances into perspective, why we tend to avoid accepting traumatic events, and how mindfulness allows us to build resilience and manage our anxieties in a healthy way. I also share some insights I’ve gained from others who have experienced bouts of stress during this pandemic and how their ways of thinking have helped me.To learn more, tune in to Episode 81 of Technology For Mindfulness!What You’ll Learn:An introduction to today’s topic on how Coronavirus is impacting our mental health (0:47)My first tip on using mindfulness to help you see things as they are (2:41)How mindfulness helps us decrease avoidance towards difficult circumstances (4:48)A mental exercise you can practice in your everyday life (5:37)Why mindfulness allows us to put our circumstances into perspective (7:40)Ways that mindfulness increases our resilience (10:01)What the ‘anxiety cycle’ is & The role fear plays in how we respond to crisis (11:31)The definition of ‘social contagion’ (13:58)How we can beat a negative feedback loop (14:56)The benefits of practicing ‘basic awareness training’ (18:23)Why we should engage in some form of ‘digital fasting’ during Covid-19 (18:46)Connect With Me:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInResources:Academic Journal: ‘Personality and Individual Differences’Article: ‘A Brain Hack To Break The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle’, Juddson BrewerBook: ‘24/6: The Power Of Unplugging One Day A Week’, Tiffany Shlain
6/29/2020

80: Ron Purser - Discussing The Origins of Mindfulness

Ep. 80
Mindfulness has become such a huge part of the world we live in and has integrated into mainstream culture. There are a vast number of traditional and spiritual practices that date back hundreds of years and span across cultures far outside of what we’re exposed to in the West and it’s important we educate ourselves on the origin of these methods.Today, I’m joined by thought leader and established teacher, Ron Purser. Ron is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, and Published Author of the best selling book, ‘McMindfulness’. He shares a unique perspective, having integrated traditional Buddhist practices into his life, he does a brilliant job of challenging the ideals that are emphasized through modern mindfulness tools.To hear more insights from Ron Purser and learn more about his personal approach to this topic, tune in to Episode 80 of Technology for Mindfulness!Some of the questions I ask:Could you talk about your personal background with mindfulness? (4:08)What are your concerns now that mindfulness is such a mainstream ideology? (9:17)What does mindfulness mean for you in a broader sense and in relation to traditional Buddhist teachings? (14:41)Could you elaborate on how you believe mindfulness apps are being used as overtly solitary experiences (30:22)From your experience, what is mindfulness other than a self-help technique? (37:10)Would you agree that a lot of self-help apps are too introductory and don’t cover mindfulness in a broader sense? (40:19)What would you recommend to those wanting to learn more about mindfulness? (43:09)What you’ll learn in this episode:The history of Martial Arts and Shotokan Karate (1:20)How Buddhism has become synonymous with mindfulness (7:44)How mindfulness ideologies have become part of the mainstream and integrated into Western culture (18:40)The commoditization behind mindfulness in corporate environments (23:44)A brief excerpt from ‘McMindfulness’ - How the US Army have militarized the clinical application of mindfulness (27:24)The privatization of stress and the connection that has to our bodies (33:16)The political ideologies and connotations behind fanatic mindfulness (35:23)Connect with Robert Plotkin:Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedInConnect with Ron Purser:WebsiteThe Mindful Cranks - PodcastMcMindfulness - Book
6/15/2020

79: Paul Minors - The Journey To ‘Technology For Mindfulness’

Ep. 79
Today I’ve repurposed an old episode of ‘The Paul Minor’s Podcast’ which I was fortunate enough to be a guest on, to share with all of you! Paul is a Productivity, Business and Self Improvement Consultant who has helped over four hundred clients reach peak efficiency in their line of work.In this interview, we discuss how the consumer's relationship with technology has evolved, how we can incorporate mindfulness into our daily practices, and more on my personal journey intertwining Japanese martial arts techniques with technology use.We also dive into the importance of understanding your responses towards notifications. For us to respond efficiently, we first have to draw our attention to internal solutions and focus on how we can catch bad habits before they become a part of our norm.If you’re interested to learn more, then have a listen to episode 120 of The Paul Minors Podcast!What You’ll Learn:A brief background on myself (1:46)My journey shifting into japanese martial arts from a computer science background (3:28)How to respond internally to an ‘attack’ from the technology around us (4:45)The neuroscience behind responding to notifications (7:01)How I’ve integrated martial arts practices into my use of technology (8:50)The contrast between notifications feeling overwhelming or something that makes us feel good (9:49)The consumer issue I’m trying to solve through my work (12:40)Key points in the evolution of technology and the way users interact with it (14:34)The challenges of working with algorithms that are designed to keep us engaged (19:46)How we can catch bad habits within our device usage (26:34)Tips for practicing mindfulness in a team environment (28:34)Meditation techniques that aren’t time consuming & How we can be mindful when we’re busy (35:01)Apps I use to practice mindfulness and relieve my anxiety (42:51)Connect With Paul Minors:WebsiteYoutube ChannelTwitterInstagramFacebookResources:Book: “Digital Minimalism” Author, Cal NewportBook: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Author, Stephen R. CoveyBook: “It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work” Authors, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier HanssonBook: “Sleeping With Your Smartphone” Author, Leslie A. PerlowBook: “Deep Work” Author, Cal Newport