Distractions are a Nuisance, but Infinity Pools are the Real Problem

John Zeratsky
Jan 6, 2017 · 5 min read
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This kind of infinity pool is totally cool. Photo by Vin Crosbie.

What are Infinity Pools?

Infinity Pools are always-on, effectively infinite sources of information and entertainment. Things like:

  • Video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, HBO, etc)
  • Even web browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc), which provide on-demand access to pretty much all the information in the world.

What happens when you shut off Infinity Pools

When I removed Infinity Pools from my iPhone in 2014 (inspired by Jake’s Distraction-Free iPhone experiment), the results were pretty amazing. After an adjustment period—I must have dug into the Settings and re-enabled Safari a dozen times that first week—I had reclaimed the time I spent on mindless refreshing, scrolling, and browsing.

How I keep Infinity Pools under control

On my phone…

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