Reclaim Control over Technology

–The Rabbi & The Shrink with Special Guest Giancarlo Pitocco

How does pleasure distract us from our own unhappiness? How is social media designed to control our minds and behaviors? What is the formula for good digital health and well-being? Learn the answers to these and many other essential questions when digital wellbeing expert Giancarlo Pitocco joins The Rabbi and the Shrink.

1:00 We need to reclaim control of our lives from technology

Shift your attention from being hijacked by our devices

FB has been exploited and misused by unethical players to manipulate and serve their own agendas

Do you know how much time you’re spending in front of a screen?

4:30 We don’t know what happiness is.

Pleasure often distracts us from our own unhappiness.

If you’re not dependent on external factors for happiness, you’re in control of your life and live more fully

7:00  Is it good to be easily amused?

Being delighted by simple pleasures makes the experience of living richer.

Social media is designed to keep us consuming, almost but never quite satisfied.

11:00 Are you making your future self proud by what you’re doing now?

What happens when our lives become all about comfort, convenience, and stimulation?

The purpose of the game is to play the game; the purpose is the process

We’re living in the Roman Empire

14:00 What are you doing with your life if you don’t have aspirations and values?

Pushing the boundaries of comfort and familiarity keeps us growing and truly alive

“The obstacle is the way”

We can be navigators of our lives, or we can be carried on the current.

Prioritization give us control

19:00 The five stages of digital well being

1. Attention — you want to be the DJ of your life by placing the needle where it should be

2. Values — Evaluate how new technology affects your relationships, your work, and your attitudes

we can’t eliminate technology from our lives, but we can choose how to allow it in.Google “dark patterns” to learn the dangersSocial media is designed to make you addicted; they are selling your time and attention, turning you from a consumer into a commodity.“The Attention Merchants” by Tim Wu35:00

3. Boundaries — without priorities, you never get to the important stuff

Don’t plug in your phone next to your bedBuy an alarm clock37:30

4. High quality leisure time

Unwind doing something projective and creativeSpend time with people39:00

5. Solitude — learn to be with yourself

The fundamental value of self-discipline.

Easy and fun entertainment seduces us from doing what we know is in our best interest.

No one changes behavior without incentive.  That’s why a clear WHY is critical to our digital health.

44:45 The word of the day: dissilient — bursting open or springing apart (Yiddish: plotz)

We should be living with so much enthusiasm welling up inside us that we don’t seek or respond to external distraction.

47:00 Education can be merely a form of entertainment if it doesn’t lead to action.

Go into your phone and look at screen time or digital wellbeing and see how much time you’re spending on your device.

49:00  How would your life and relationships be healthier if you spent less time on technology?

What will you do or have you done to make a positive change in your life?


Yonason Goldson
Yonason Goldson
Yonason Goldson works with business leaders to build a culture of ethics, setting higher standards to earn loyalty and trust. He’s a rabbinic scholar, repentant hitchhiker, and co-host of the weekly podcast “The Rabbi and the Shrink.” He has published hundreds of articles applying ancient wisdom to the challenges of the modern world, and six books, most recently “Grappling with the Gray: an ethical handbook for personal success and business prosperity.” The ninja were covert agents in feudal Japan who practiced espionage, deception, and surprise attacks. Doesn't that make Ethics Ninja a contradiction in terms? Not at all. Just as the master of martial arts turns an opponent’s strength against himself, the Ethics Ninja turns attacks against moral values back against the adversaries of ethics, exposing groupthink and double-standards through rational argument in asymmetrical battle to vanquish the enemies of moral clarity.

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