A woman working on what appears to be a vehicular component and a man checking his phone while driving.

Today’s conversation is going to be fascinating… Have a seat!

These two words could be sometimes challenging to differentiate. Personally, I thought the opposite of the word distraction was the word focus, not knowing I was wrong all this while. These words are closely related looking at their respective spelling, but they have different meanings.


Traction is anything or activity you’re drawn to because you’ve planned a portion of your time for that.
Maybe you didn’t know what traction meant, there you have it.
During the process of begetting this definition, I asked myself, which activities or things can be classified as traction? I later found some answers which I’m going to share with you.

From the definition, anything you plan to do with your time is traction. So if you plan to work on something with your time, that work is traction. In the same way, if you plan to use your time for Netflix and chills, it’s also traction. A time planned to be spent with your girlfriend, boyfriend, friends, family, fiancé, spouse, or kids, can also be classified as traction.

Folks, my advice for you is, always to plan your time for things that will bring value to you.


Distraction is the opposite of traction. Meaning, distractions are the things or activities that pull you away from activities you’ve planned to use your time for.
In the world we live in today, a lot of common distractions have been made habits, and they’re doing us more harm than good. Many are those who blame it on the technology being the cause of these distractions. I don’t totally agree with these blamers; instead, I think it is us who cause these distractions all the time.

Here is why I’m saying this.
Whenever we experience uncomfortable emotions like stress, boredom, fear, or loneliness, our brain commands us to look for something to quench the emotional discomfort we’re experiencing. The common things most of us turn to during this emotional discomfort state are mobile devices like mobile phones, iPads, and laptops. We are the ones who have made technology a distraction and not technology itself.

I think a lot of people are addicted to their mobile handsets because they’re afraid to miss something on social media, in their emails, or from a game they play. Some also adhere to distractions because they want to escape a hectic task ahead of them at their workplace or school.
Maybe you haven’t realized that you’re adhering to a lot of distractions because of the pains you want to escape. It’s high time you started facing uncomfortable emotions, rather than finding escapes.
To end today’s conversation, I want to ask you, what is your distraction? Give me your reply in the comment box.

Have a great day!

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