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Be informed, stay sane: How to stay informed while avoiding media hysteria

Photo by Giulia May on Unsplash What's hoarding toilet papers got to do a fatal flu virus outbreak? Good ol’ media. Imagine this. The year is 2020. A flu virus, the deadliest in history, by the name of coronavirus has infected and wiped out 99.9 percent of the world's population. At the same time, aliens… Continue reading Be informed, stay sane: How to stay informed while avoiding media hysteria

Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

Photo by visuals on Unsplash Do you ever read, watch, or see something extremely outrages online, be it a Facebook post, a YouTube video, or a comment on a blog article, and feel greatly irritated and annoyed? There have been many times where I have come across such content online that elicit strong negative emotions… Continue reading Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

Taming the beast: Five tips for reducing inbox clutter

Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by an overflowing, cluttered, anxiety-inducing inbox. ✋ Email, an abbreviation of “electronic mail,” was invented in the early 1970s by Ray Tomlinson as a personal side project. Tomlinson later said he " had no notion whatsoever of what the… Continue reading Taming the beast: Five tips for reducing inbox clutter

Three practical tips to make reading enjoyable so you can read more

some of my favourite books The benefits of reading are countless and impressive. Reading puts your brain to work. It involves several brain functions, including visual and auditory processes, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and more. It increases your attention spans, focus and concentration. Reading also stimulates mental processes, and that helps preserve memory skills as we… Continue reading Three practical tips to make reading enjoyable so you can read more

On the Attention Economy: How and Why Big Data is Hijacking Your Mind

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash In 1997, Michael H. Goldhaber penned in Wired magazine, “the currency of the New Economy won't be money, but attention – A radical theory of value” [1]. The article was titled Attention Shoppers! Almost exactly a decade after Goldhaber’s “radical theory” on the attention economy, the first iPhone would… Continue reading On the Attention Economy: How and Why Big Data is Hijacking Your Mind

Demons hate fresh air

Photo by Irina Iriser on Unsplash This is an updated re-post from my old blog, minimallyonline.com. Happy Friday! I read Keep Going for the third time this year. Austin Kleon's 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad is a timeless advice I can't seem to get enough of. Austin Kleon is definitely… Continue reading Demons hate fresh air

Welcome!

Photo by Taylor Vick on Unsplash Hello there! Welcome to my blog. I am Mehret Biruk, a digital wellness coach, and I’m here to help YOU (re)discover the pleasures of the offline world! Seven years ago, I deleted my Instagram account to take back control of my time and attention (that was back in 2013– oh,… Continue reading Welcome!