Today I have to make an early start so this will be another short post.
The cardiologist and other doctors who treated me after my heart attack in 2010, call me an “interesting case”, because my symptoms were not typical and my recovery has been better than originally expected. During a visit to the hospital, I saw a notice asking for volunteers to be guinea pigs at the cardiac unit for medical students to examine.
I was well treated by the Canadian Health system and the doctors. I though that I should volunteer. Later this morning I will present myself at the hospital in London for students to ask me questions, examine me and discuss my case. I have been assured that they will not be practicing any surgical procedures or resuscitation techniques and that I will be quite safe.
It should be interesting. I have every confidence that I will be fit enough to continue publishing posts on this blog.
James Clear is a highly successful blogger who writes thought-provoking articles on changing habits, increasing creativity and health.
His recent article about Lewin’s Equation got me thinking that my previous post, How Connected are you?, failed to explore whether the current addiction to constant electronic connection is cause or effect. Or an incestuous combination of both.
According to the article, Kurt Lewin stated in 1936 that:
Behaviour is a function of the person in their environment.
Examples of people behaving differently in different environments are everywhere. From the child who is a monster at home but an angel at school or the other way, to the thug on the street who becomes as meek as a lamb when dragged into court.
How much of the current compulsion with virtual connectedness is because the addicts get value and enjoyment out of it and how much is environment induced behaviour? Like many fashions and fads, part of the answer must be “because everyone else is doing it.”
The environment today is full of references to smart phones, texting, tweeting, engaging, a plague of social media platforms, likes, shares and updates. Is it any wonder that it is so easy to become addicted?
That hundreds of people will line up for hours to get the latest model iPhone to feed their addiction suggests the fad element may be a big part of being constantly connected.
I am not anti smart phones or virtual connections. The first are valuable tools for many people, they can make people’s lives easier, but they are not altars on which to sacrifice hours of time. Virtual connections allow us to communicate with people all over the world who we could not easily contact in the real sense. That is wonderful, but it’s not the same as having real connections to real people in the real world.
Extend that thought about environment influencing behaviour and my comments on resilience declining as comfort increases in earlier posts become more relevant.
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