Saturday, July 23, 2005

Technology is Destroying Focus

We were talking about this in the office Friday.

An article in CNET entitled Driven to distraction by technology describes how the constant interruptions from e-mail and other communications tools are preventing people from concentrating and doing any creative work.

The article begins quite bluntly by stating:

"The typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by a phone call, e-mail, instant message or other distraction. The problem is that it takes about eight uninterrupted minutes for our brains to get into a really creative state".

I'm sure we all have stories about days when we get absolutely no valuable work done because of the constant disruptions caused by too many e-mail or IM or Crackberry messages, many of them totally useless or superfluous.

The article describes how people are trying to either unplug, control how often they are interrupted or use (yet more!) new technologies to schedule and handle communications.


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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:37 pm


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