MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Distraction-Free Online Writing Tools. “It’s easy to lose focus while writing. And the cluttered editors with distracting menus and buttons make the matter worse. Thankfully, there are several minimalist online editors that let you focus on writing by removing distractions. Here, we discuss the seven best distraction-free online writing tools.” The last tool, Writer, is the one I use to do ResearchBuzz. I’m typing in it right now; it’s excellent.
Lifehacker: Make ‘New Twitter’ Less Distracting With This Extension. “Just like how it sounds, the Chrome extension and Firefox add-on takes Twitter’s traditional desktop interface and simplifies it, making it easier to focus on the actual tweets and less on everything else.”
Lifehacker: Make It Harder to Fall Down a YouTube ‘Rabbit Hole’ With This Extension. “Watching videos on YouTube can be entertaining, but watching one video can quickly turn into watch fifty if you’re not careful. YouTube Rabbit Hole is an extension that can help. As the name suggests, the extension reduces the ability for you to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole. How it does that is through hiding things like recommendations and comments.”
EurekAlert: Tweeting while watching TV diminishes enjoyment. “Toggling between viewing entertainment and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a new University of Connecticut study. Researchers studied an experience that has become increasingly common: More than half of television viewers aged 18 to 24 use a second screen web-connected device for engaging on social media to discuss what they are watching, according to previous research.”
Ubergizmo: Using Your Phone While In A Store Could Make You Buy More Junk. “In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, a team of researchers found that playing with your phone while you’re inside of a store has the potential to cause you to end up buying junk that you don’t need.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Chrome Extensions for Avoiding Online Distractions . “The presence of an endless stream of content on the internet is a double-edged sword. You’re never bored, but the online distractions can severely affect your productivity without you even realizing it. Therefore, here are some of the best Chrome extensions you should install for combating every kind of online distraction. You will just need some willpower to keep these extensions installed in the browser.”
Medium: Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone. “Over the years, as new apps came out — Facebook, Instagram, news, games, etc — I installed them. They were shiny, they were free, and they helped me ‘get my money’s worth’ out of my phone. Every app created new responsibilities. More inboxes to check and more feeds to read. Every app latched onto my brain, tethering my phone to my skull with invisible string.”