Thursday, May 10, 2012

Practicing delayed gratification with my Nook

The day I wrote about my Kindle dilemma, I headed out to Barnes and Noble for a friend date with E who’d just returned from Costa Rica. I was admiring the Nooks. They are squarer and softer than Kindles and B&N had a Mother’s Day promotion. Soon I was walking out the door with one in my hand.

After I came home, I let the new Nook sit on my desk for a bit. I wanted to think about my purchase before tearing into the package. I lasted five minutes.

Am I just awful with self-control?

Duckworth and Seligman found that self-discipline was a better estimate of academic performance than IQ. Higher self-discipline was also positively correlated with attendance, hours spent on homework, test scores, and acceptance to competitive high schools in these eighth graders.

(I downloaded a bunch of David Brooks columns. I am also reading The Social Animal which may be the last hardcover I will read in a while.)

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The Nook also has a dictionary function which also makes me reach for my instant marshmallow. Instead of looking at the context and trying to guess the meaning of a word, I can click and have my curiosity resolved immediately. I wonder if this is also a generational thing. I cannot watch my brother on the computer because he’s constantly opening tabs, switching windows, flipping pages… it’s dizzy and insane.

I don’t know if self-control is simply correlated with or causative of all those positive traits, but I’d like to flex my delayed gratification muscles.

But my Nook is fantastic. I’ve downloaded a bunch of columns as PDF’s onto it which is awesomely convenient. I take mine to the gym- I even squeeze in a few pages before my BodyPump class!

Has technology made you accustomed to instant gratification?
How do you use your Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iPads… all those E-reader/tablets?