The Curse Of Internet Overload

by | Jun 22, 2017 | Articles, General Updates, Guitar Lessons | 15 comments

It’s kind of ironic that I’m writing this to you.

(After all, Fret Dojo is now one of the most popular jazz guitar websites on the internet, but that’s by the by).

What I want to raise with you is something serious…

Internet Overload.

Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.

All that stuff.

Collectively, this is an insidious force – ever so sneakily whittling away more and more of our time.

I’ve recently realized that it’s been taking a real toll on my own effectiveness and productivity, and, most importantly, focus when it comes to wholesome things like (you guessed it) jazz guitar practice.

So many of us just go online to check a few email messages, but 27 Instagram posts and a few lame talking cat videos on Facebook later, lo and behold…

There’s no time for anything else.

If you want to get good at any craft that requires skill, dedication and a great degree of concentration, like the glorious jazz guitar…

Internet Overload is your enemy.

Here’s the thing:

Being bombarded by the Internet doesn’t just cost you in terms of minutes and hours.

It also impacts on your general focus levels throughout the day.

This is far more serious, as it starts to impede your ability to concentrate on anything for any decent length of time.

So, a few days ago I made the bold decision to take my Internet browser off my smartphone – and got my wife to set a password to prevent me from reinstalling it.

She found it all rather amusing.
So what brought all this on?

I recently picked up a great book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, which explains what extended sessions of distracting activity on the Internet can do to your brain – it’s scary. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

So – turn off the dang iPhone.

Instead…

Turn on your amp, grab your six-string, and do something worthwhile with your time.

Making music is far more satisfying than the latest online doohickey.

Thanks for entering this little meditation with me today.

Let me know what you thought about this article by leaving a comment below.

Now go play some jazz!

Cheers,

Greg

==
Greg O’Rourke,
Founder, Fret Dojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Come Hang Out With Me

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-facebook-group

Get my New eBook: The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar

chord-melody

356 Page Guide to Complete Chord Melody Mastery!

15 Comments

  1. C.R. Marshall

    Not sure if my comment got posted (I hit subscribe and it took me to another page.

    You should also check out Cal’s earlier book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You. It contains an interview with a guitar player and talks about specific things he did to get good.

    Also, some of hte online interviews with Julian Lage have some good insights.

    Reply
  2. Hans

    Greg, you are so very, very right!!
    The same goes for watching television, by the way.
    It’s also a dangerous timekiller.
    Better listen to good music, read a book, do nothing at all is also o.k. for a while, meditate , go for a walk in the open etc etc.
    Please do give your mind some rest!
    Thanks for bringing this up and sharing it with us.
    In the mean time we still have to follow the course, of course!!

    Reply
  3. Akin Fatunmbi

    Yep.

    Reply
  4. Alvaro

    I agree 100% , and it also affects actual relationships… many of us get immersed on those social media sites while surrounded by friends or relatives trying to have a normal conversation with us.

    Reply
  5. Jürgen Schwibs

    You are right but on the other hand it opens so much possibilities. So I think it is a question about filtering and focusing.

    Reply
  6. George Hanepen

    DITTO.

    Reply
  7. topaz tschinnery

    Hi Greg,

    Do it the simple way (like I do)……………………………………………………
    I have nothing to do with any of the “Social Media” sites at all, I have no facebook account, no twitter account, no instagram account or any of the other “moron” sites that so many people suddenly can’t function without – I don’t, and never have, worshipped at the foot of the gods “mobile phone”, and “text message”, which have bred a generation of individuals who can’t spell, can’t write, or think for themselves – we all got on with life quite happily before they came along, such a shame they have turned out to be more addictive than tobacco!!!
    And now, back to re-stringing my Gretsch Superchet with flatwound strings!!!

    Reply
  8. Richard Agostini

    Greg, I’m glad for you and I personally wish the whole world would use a tool for what it does for the whole that is good and not be addicted to it.
    I do not own any cell phone, flip, or IPhone. I have been at social gathering and what I see is people sitting by themselves on the cell phone, what happened to people talking face to face. So it is easy to see that world is losing its ability to take the time to “Work Deep”. Again Congrads”

    Reply
  9. Emmet

    Oh man .. should I take the Greg challenge and have my wife put a password on my phone … sounds interesting !
    – Emmet

    Reply
  10. Larry Peyser

    Greg,

    From the song “Sea Diver”, Mott the Hoople c.a. 1970: “Wright on my son/ Wright on/ Write on until you fail.”

    I had a young, 12 year old, golf student who told me he would not study his rule book until he was done playing his video games. Next day he failed the rule book quiz, and he was over tired such that he could not concentrate on golf instructions.

    Today when I get one or more millennial student in my GED math, algebra, geometry class I tell them the story of the young golf student, who has since died of gunshot wounds suffered in a gang fight. “The idle mind is the Devil’s playground.”

    Reply
  11. Frank Saunders

    Hi Greg, I agree with internet distraction and would like to discuss something related yet somewhat divergent. While looking online for knowledge of jazz approaches I’ve run into Chris Cooke’s, learn jazz faster and others. While they share certain elements they are different too which creates neurotic blocks when exploring various practice approaches.just wondering what you think about this.thanks,frank

    Reply
  12. Vivian Short

    Greg, I have absolutely no time to focus on the guitar these days mainly due to taking care of my elderly Mother but with everything else I must do on a daily basis, I find the internet taking up most of my day and time. It is ridiculous and doesn’t have to be this way. I don’t need another social media event to get involved in. Checking e-mails is enough! I’m going to start checking them once a day and not throughout the day. Good you’re doing what you did with the browser. Hopefully, I can start practicing at lease 1 hour a day. The late musician Prince hated the internet. I guess this was why he managed to get so much done musically. My goodness…

    Reply
  13. Lou

    Thanks for that insight Greg . . .
    as always, I enjoy your views and your constant efforts to improve
    both yourself and others.
    It seems that Cal Newport has hit an ‘Elephant in the Room’ type nerve !
    I shall get a copy of the book, because I too am beset with far too many
    distractions.
    Hoping your current lesson series is progressing smoothly.
    Ciao for now . . .

    Reply
  14. Ray

    U.R.So Right.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

THE TOP TEN MISTAKES JAZZ GUITARISTS MAKE

Learn how you can avoid them with my in-depth FREE guide!

Success! Now please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Essential Scale Patterns eBook

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Top Ten Mistakes eBook!

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the 6 Essential Fingerpicking Exercises PDF

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the PDF & Backing Tracks

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Free PDF

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Free PDF & Backing Track

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Free PDF & Backing Track

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Free Chord Melody eBook

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get the Audio Version

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get The PDF

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.

Get ThePDF

Enter your email below to get a download link sent to your address...

Success! Please check your email with further instructions.