If the following are true:
Time flies when you're having fun!
Flow state is an optimal state of human activity, often associated with a loss of sense of time.
Then what's the deal with my ability to zone out into a spreadsheet, my email, or social media? Those activities are not that fun, and they certainly aren't my optimal state of activity.
Is this the behavioral equivalent of sugar as food? The body needs calories to survive, but sugar alone leaves us nutritionally deprived. Perhaps similarly the mind craves engagement to thrive, but false flow leaves us creatively, emotionally, and spiritually deprived.
Where do you find false flow in your life?