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Geekend: Doing Nothing Is Worse Than Hurting Yourself
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kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/24/2014 | 2:05:00 PM
Guess not everyone gets meditation
I was really surprised by these results. 10 minutes and people would rather shock themselves? Obviously they didn't get any parents with young kids, where 10 minutes of nothing might be entirely relaxing. While i don't often find the time anymore i used to meditate 15 minutes daily, consisting of a darkened room, no sound if possible and no distractions. It was a good thing, making me more energized and focuses through the day. all those people inthe experiement would benefit from taking a bit of time away from mindless gadget doings and taking a bit of time of mindfulness nothingness.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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7/16/2014 | 8:17:18 PM
Re: Quiet time

 I think this is what we are losing in world where people are always connected for either work or personal reasons.

 

@PedroGonzales   Well said and I could not agree more.  It is sad to see that most do not have enough self awareness to center themselves again.   Ok, I can understand the young probably don't understand this, but there are unfortunately many adults who do not either understand or acknowledge the necessity to be mentally and emotionally centered.  

 

The practice of Meditation aids this of course.   And there are many ways to practice it - but it needs to be practice by many more than actually do.

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Technocrati,
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7/16/2014 | 8:10:29 PM
Re: Quiet time

I really did try to sit for the 15mins.    And I am sure I can do it no problem, but all the coffee I had prior to the test made it nearly impossible.    But I agree with the general feeling along the thread - Meditation is where is it at !    The opportunity to close out the noise of society is priceless.  

 

So without too much coffee, finding inner peace is almost easy.  For those who don't practice meditation regularly, then I highly encourage you to try it.  

PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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7/16/2014 | 5:15:57 PM
Re: Quiet time
I agree.  In some cases, seating quietly is very beneficial.  It allows a person to reflect on their life.  This is a form of meditation.  I think this is what we are losing in world where people are always connected for either work or personal reasons.  Let me take my 15 minute break right now.
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7/15/2014 | 2:19:34 AM
Re: Doing Nothing Is Worse Than Hurting Yourself
Anoter interesting study (or, study of a study) on the Geekend, Dave! People are expressing some skepticism about the study in the comments, and that's good; that's why we're here. It seems like "studies" are a dime a dozen these days, and they're often shamelessly reposted until you get a case of phone tag where the original intent of the study is lost. The Geekend is a little better, though - we use the study as the starting point for a conversation, not the ending point. On thate note, I agree with everyone's concerns about the electroshock portion of the study. It seems a little loaded - the people knew they were part of a study to see whether they would push the button, so doesn't that kind of stack the odds from the beginning?

I think discussion about social norms, while interesting, inherently puts us in a grey area. As you say, Dave, it's hard to really draw many conclusions from this info without knowing if it would have been true 50 years ago. Likewise, it's hard to draw the line between learned and instinctive behaviors, etc. For example, how can we call people's short attention spans unnatural? If we're the ones who conditioned ourselves to have short attention spans, then wasn't it a natural progression? Questions like that are liable to make your head spin. Still, it's fun food for thought to chew on for a while.
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LUFU,
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7/12/2014 | 8:36:02 PM
Say No More
The Seinfeld scene is very telling with Puddy and Elaine on a flight and she couldn't bear that Puddy was just sitting there, not reading, not speaking, not doing anything. It drove Elaine up the wall and caused one of their numerable breakups.

It strikes me that the ability to do nothing is also culturally related. I learned from a Japanese businessman and from experience that Westerners and Japanese are on different wavelengths. In meetings, the Japanese may sit quietly and not say much while the Westerners can't keep themselves from talking. In negotiation situations, the non-Japanese couldn't bear the Japanese non-verbal silence and would greet the lengthy pauses by giving in more than necessary. In this case, whoever spoke up first was the loser.
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batye,
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7/12/2014 | 7:10:23 PM
Re: I will take the bet. How about an hour
we are not on betting site :) 
dogcat
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dogcat,
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7/12/2014 | 4:38:02 PM
I will take the bet. How about an hour
How much do you want to wager?
impactnow
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7/12/2014 | 2:48:47 AM
Quiet time

Wow I would love to see if this has changed over time because of our always connected environment. I can sit for 15 minutes and do nothing, it's kind of a mental meditation exercise I like to do. It gives me clarity to move onto tasks in a more organized fashion. I do think that I am unusual however because I know people that cannot sit still or even stand still. Maybe it's a skill we need to teach individuals at a young age, how to entertain themselves with their imagination and how to calm themselves through peaceful meditative thoughts.

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David Wagner,
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7/11/2014 | 6:15:37 PM
Re: I love running marathons...
@progman2000- I have to give the Puddy props to our own Rob Preston. I had forgotten the scene. He suggested it. It is a classic, and I owe it to him. I hope you don't think less of me for it. :)
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