With the growing capabilities of phones and mp3 players/iPods, not to mention television whenever you want it via TiVo or Netflix or Hulu, do you guys ever feel like there's never a moment of silence in your head? I feel like there's always background music and my brain is working overdrive to sustain all of this input it's constantly receiving. My girlfriend and I eat breakfast while there's an episode of Netflix on the computer. I drive with one in a large rotation of podcasts playing. I usually fall asleep to something playing on the computer. If I'm playing a video game I'm also listening to a podcast. I have even become the guy who wears his headphones in the grocery store or in the mall. Am I the only one who sometimes feels like my brain is running itself down? Sometimes I feel uncomfortable when there's nothing going on in the background. Focus: What do you think causes this addiction to sensory input? I think it's a big problem with my generation(I'm 23) and is going to be far worse for subsequent generations who didn't live in a world where everything was on demand. The closest shit we had back in the day was the Sega Channel, and even then the games were never the ones you wanted. I have a few suspicions about the cause. I think for myself it's a fear of living in the present. I kind of like Pressfield's description in the War of Art about "the Resistance". I think I distract myself with these things to pass the time quicker while I am not doing what I really deep down need to do to be happy. To sit still and think about what I should be doing for a long period of time is critical work that my brain/ego tries to get me out of. Is there something inherently addictive in media that is so readily available?