Overwhelming distractions in our lives make it hard to focus only on what is important to us. If you’re not careful, this can result in giving up things that you love, or even quitting your job completely!

It’s easy to be distracted by something happening at work, by social media, and even personal matters like relationships and family.

In fact, research shows that we are exposed to about one thousand new pieces of information every day, which makes it almost impossible to focus for long periods time.

This has a negative effect on creativity.

We need to expose ourselves to lots of different types of stimuli if we want to use our brains to think outside the box.

Too much distraction may actually reduce brain function and creative potential.

There are ways to mitigate the effects of too many distractions, however. Here are some tips for how to stay focused on what really matters to you.

Digital painting

how technology kills creativity

A growing trend in art is digital painting. This style does not require you to use any materials or tools, aside from your computer! You can create a beautifully framed piece of artwork by using software that allows you to paint with brushes and other stylized graphics.

There are many sites where you can explore and experiment with different styles of digital painting. Some allow you to make your own creations, while others may offer you easy ways to express yourself creatively.

Many people have made a career out of creating artistic pictures exclusively through the use of computers. It is very possible to pick up skills for this type of painting if you look around online and learn some new things.

Video editing

Over the past few years, there have been many debates about whether or not technology is killing our ability to create things. Some even go as far to say that we’re leaving behind an art form completely!

There are two main arguments for this theory. The first argues that due to how easy it is to edit videos online now, people no longer feel obligated to take time to learn how to do it yourself. With everyone having access to powerful software like Adobe Premiere Pro or YouTube, creating your own video content has become very common.

This doesn’t seem like such a bad thing at first glance but then you need to factor in all of those people who don’t necessarily want to spend money buying expensive software nor do they want to invest their time into learning how to use it properly.

As more and more people produce their own material, quality drops. It becomes too easy to make low-quality videos that may lack polish and creativity. This could be because someone didn’t put in the effort to enhance the footage or them using poor quality equipment or plugins.

The second argument focuses on how quickly digital media can be produced these days. No longer does something need to be printed off a paper medium or filmed on professional grade equipment before it can be shared with the world.

With the availability of free, straightforward software, anyone can easily publish what they created.

Online gaming

how technology kills creativity

With the explosion of online games in the past decade, it seems like every person under the age of 30 has their favorite game genre. This includes anyone who is older than that! People have different reasons for choosing what type of game they enjoy and how long they will play a game before putting down their controller or keyboard/mouse to quit.

However, what most people don’t realize is that many video games were designed with creating creativity in art forms like writing, drawing, and music as a goal. Technically, these types of games are not “casual” per se, but they require much less investment than a full-blown console title do.

There are several instances where gamers take advantage of this feature and avoid investing in other areas of creative expression because they fear they won’t be able to perform well while playing.

Some examples include taking very little time to learn how to use Photoshop so that you can make low cost pictures and put your name on them, or going through a similar process using Microsoft Office so that you can create documents and spreadsheets without paying for premium software.

This article will talk about some ways that technology may be killing creativity in young people.

Movie making

how technology kills creativity

A lot of people consider movie makers to be very creative, but creating a film is not as simple as people make it seem. In fact, many say that technology has killed creativity in filmmaking by offering easy alternatives to having your film professionally shot, edited, and marketed.

There are so many ways to produce a film these days with just about anyone able to edit their own videos or use an app like YouTube to put them together. Many think this dead-ends creativity, since you can easily publish something online without investing in expensive equipment or professionals who know how to use it.

Furthermore, instead of investing in gear, people have made filming a movie a free way to show off their talent. Some even upload one-take films which are clearly heavily editing. All of these take away from what really matters – creativity.

As filmmakers, we need to understand the importance of investing into our craft and why it’s important to keep doing so.

Commercial art

how technology kills creativity

A lot of people consider artists to be creative, but that’s not always the case. Some say that being an artist means making beautiful things so that other people can appreciate them, which is definitely a part of what makes someone call themselves an artist, but it isn’t all there is to it.

The true test as to whether or not you are truly creative comes down to yourself. Are you self-motivated? Do you work hard without much praise for your efforts? If you have to be told to do something then chances are you won’t really do it unless you’re motivated by something inside of you.

That’s why we often see examples of how technology has killed creativity. Because everything around us is designed to make us use its services, tool, or app constantly, we get used to doing it. And when they stop working like they should, we simply don�ft feel like using them anymore.

This cuts off our motivation to use those apps, tools, or services because we no longer feel needed or wanted. We begin looking elsewhere for help, which only adds to the problem.

Caroline Shaw is a blogger and social media manager. She enjoys blogging about current events, lifehacks, and her experiences as a millennial working in New York.