Driven to Distraction by Technology

22 Jul ’05

CNet has a short piece this week on information overload and how some are coping with the distractions of the always-connected workplace. Gist:

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.

The result, says Carl Honore, journalist and author of “In Praise of Slowness,” is a situation where the digital communications that were supposed to make working lives run more smoothly are actually preventing people from getting critical tasks accomplished.

Honore, who cited the estimate of an interruption every three minutes, acknowledges that he would not part with his laptop or phone. But he adds that “it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. As a society, that’s where we are at the moment.”

I’ve previously blogged the topic – links are here.

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