WHY INNERTAINMENT NOW?
Today, we’re living in the age of the new Digital Dilemma.
We were sold the illusion that tech, media, and consumerism would enrich our lives, making it easier for a future with higher levels of happiness, fulfillment, and success. But in today’s world of increasing Noise, the research indicates that we are far more depressed, anxious, distracted, disconnected and overloaded than at any time in history. While a country like Denmark has ranked number one in well being for the past forty years, the United States with all its wealth and possibilities hovers around the twentieth spot. Why?
We “bought in” to all the gizmos and gadgets, while the designers, marketers and “money machine” was intentionally using the powerful psychological research on our human “blind spots” to addict us to information overload, and with it, to the “always on” attitude. http://liveabovethenoise.com/
Now, we find ourselves in a situation where we take in over 12 hours a day of information from the internet, television, games, texting, music, cell phones, etc., demonstrating an over 350 percent increase in information consumption in the past twenty years. We are truly “caught” in the Attention Economy and with it, our addiction to screens. For many of us, “it’s just the way it is now”, and we think that there’s nothing much we can do about it, or if we do, it’s going to be a ton of work and frustration. This is the new Digital Dilemma.
In this day and age, both the QUANTITY and the QUALITY of information has radically changed. This is a critical problem, because our psychological systems and our abilities for cognitive control are being pushed to their limits. With tech, media, and consumerism increasing at accelerating rates, it’s anyone’s guess what your future will look like? Do you notice any indications of things slowing down, or solutions being implemented through our educational or political systems to help us more effectively filter the QUANTITY and QUALITY of our incoming information today?
All of us face a challenge unlike that of any generation before us…the challenge of Noise. http://liveabovethenoise.com/noise-watch/ Noise today is defined as the combination of three things. First – relentless distraction (another text, another photo, another video…and on and on). Second – data overload (can’t possibly keep up). Third – distorted information (false “facts”, misleading stories, “hype”, deceptive websites, etc.). And now we can add an additional dimension to the Noise equation. We are also engulfed in the Cycle of Noise, a relatively new condition where noise is creating more noise at an incremental rate, leaving us with higher and higher demands for coping and compensation strategies, some of which are destroying our physical and mental health (drugs, alcohol, painkillers, opioid addiction, learned helplessness, diversion, and disconnection). http://www.iamfuturewise.com/cycle-of-noise-part-1/
As the Cycle of Noise continues to increase, our ability to manage our lives through practical and meaningful choices must adapt to our changing digital preferences, if we’re going to powerfully and effectively move into the future of the new high speed-high tech society. Our single most critical challenge today is the ability to become more Choice-Full. Choice-Fullness is the AWARENESS, ABILITY and CONTROL to choose wisely…to make purposeful choices that create meaning, fulfillment and authentic engagement in our lives…and the lives of those around us. The specific set of Choice-Fullness skills we need require “high brain” development that takes the first 25 years of our life to unfold. These are the skills that we commonly refer to as our “executive functions”.
The INNERTAINMENT THEATER with it’s accompanying INNERTAINMENT PLAYBOOK offers a unique approach to our current Digital Dilemma and differs from the most popular solutions of turning off your smartphone or restricting the use of your TV and digital devices. The Center For Innertainment believes that we can USE the entertainment medium in new and unique ways, to increase our expansion of human development and move us toward “high brain” executive functioning and along with it, higher levels of Choice-Fullness.
Motivation is the key to our ATTENTION, and at this point in time we are already addicted to attending to our digital world, remaining highly motivated to use and include our digital devices in almost everything we do. To include, not exclude our digital motivation, we can personalize the entertainment mediums that attract us, while integrating the tasks necessary for self-improvement.
The Innertainment Playbook with its range of toolbox activities, provides Choice-Fullness strategies with an entertainment “twist”, for setting goals, time management, time design, communication, daily elevation and for developing our individual and unique personal story.
We hope you’ll join us in exploring some of the Choice-Fullness tools offered through the INNERTAINMENT THEATER, an alternative approach to today’s Digital Dilemma.