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Stop Lying About What You Do | booktwo.org
"I have to confess too, to stop lying.

I don’t read like I used to—although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I rarely finish books. I’ve always had a habit of abandoning novels 50-100 pages before the end. I don’t know why, I’ve always done that. I think I’m doing it more and I don’t mind because I think my critical senses have improved and by eradicating book guilt I’ve reached a point where I am happy to cast things aside. I read 5, 10 books at once. I read them on paper and electronically as the mood takes me.

I read with continuous partial attention and I don’t care that I am frequently interrupting my own reading. I despise the discourse that says we are all shallow, that we are all flighty, distracted, not paying attention. I am paying attention, but I am paying attention to everything, and even if my knowledge is fragmented and hard to synthesise it is wider, and it plays in a vaster sphere, than any knowledge that has gone before."
psychology  future  lies  learning  perception  lying  honesty  ebooks  books  online  web  howweread  attention  2011  jamesbridle  continuouspartialattention  cv  reading  culture 
december 2012 by robertogreco
Linda Stone: Are We at War With Technology?
"Technologies like these offer this type of support in computing and communication contexts. We can know: Are we "embodied?" Breathing? Are posture and breathing compromised? Are we chronically in fight or flight "on technology?" Or, are we learning a new "how," a new way of being when "on technology?"
2010  attention  information  continuouspartialattention  lindastone  internet  technology  work  web  computers  email  biofeedback  heartrate  reading  distraction  stress 
june 2010 by robertogreco
City Brights: Howard Rheingold : Attention literacy
"Mindfulness and norms, my students helped me see, are essential tools for those who would master the arts of attention.

The point of this story isn't to get everyone to pay attention to me or professors in general - it's that I want my students to learn that attention is a skill that must be learned, shaped, practiced; this skill must evolve if we are to evolve. The technological extension of our minds and brains by chips and nets has granted great power to billions of people, but even in the early years of always-on, it is clear to even technology enthusiasts like me that this power will certainly mislead, mesmerize and distract those who haven't learned - were never taught - how to exert some degree of mental control over our use of laptop, handheld, earbudded media."
education  howardrheingold  pedagogy  multitasking  laptops  learning  attention  1to1  1:1  21stcenturylearning  21stcenturyskills  literacy  learning2.0  classroom  tcsnmy  mobile  phones  media  socialmedia  lindastone  continuouspartialattention  productivity  mindfulness  listening  conversation  focus  classrooms 
may 2010 by robertogreco
"Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media"
If folks are going to try to get in-flow with information, we need to understand how information flows differently today. Let me highlight four challenges, points where technological hope and reality collide. Four Core Issues: 1. Democratization. 2. Stimulation. 3. Homiphily 4. Power."
flow  danahboyd  twitter  attention  homophily  socialmedia  network  internet  web  social  research  web2.0  information  continuouspartialattention  networks  streams  media  content  power  democratization 
november 2009 by robertogreco
sevensixfive: How to: Draw the Voronoi Diagram
"Drawing Voronoi diagrams by hand has renewed my interest in the stuff. There are lots of scripts out there for making instant vector crystal foam in just about any modeling or CAD platform, but it's more interesting for me right now to slow it down, take it step by step, and really try to understand the geometries involved. More a heuristic than an algorithm, executing it demands and reinforces the kind of zoned out close attention that almost becomes the whole point of drawing in the first place. The artifact that you get at the end it is just an unexpected bonus: the physical record left by the process of thinking out loud on paper. Below is a rough pseudocode (thanks, mike!) for building it up from a set of points."
continuouspartialattention  process  drawing  craft  voronoi  topology  visualisation  sevensixfive  geometry  structure  space  design  networks  growth  diagrams  fredscharmen 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Brain Rules: The brain cannot multitask
"Multitasking, when it comes to paying attention, is a myth. The brain naturally focuses on concepts sequentially, one at a time. At first that might sound confusing; at one level the brain does multitask. You can walk and talk at the same time. Your brain controls your heartbeat while you read a book. Pianists can play a piece with left hand and right hand simultaneously. Surely this is multitasking. But I am talking about the brain’s ability to pay attention. It is the resource you forcibly deploy while trying to listen to a boring lecture at school. It is the activity that collapses as your brain wanders during a tedious presentation at work. This attentional ability is not capable of multitasking."
multitasking  brain  attention  productivity  brainrules  concentration  science  research  cognition  concepts  continuouspartialattention  distraction  myths  single 
august 2009 by robertogreco
The rules for balancing technology and relationships - Times Online
"However, the only way a new etiquette can really work is through increased self-awareness on the part of the user. For starters, users have to realise how their behaviour can affect others. As Lloyd-Elliot says: “There is something arrogant about the mindset that goes with this trend — the sense of always thinking that what you’ve got to say is so important it can’t wait. There’s also an absence of thoughtful empathy; how you are making those around you feel.”
etiquette  technology  mobile  phones  relationships  twitter  iphone  internet  society  empathy  attention  continuouspartialattention 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » The lamp posts on Brick Lane
"This is the irony: that in a thoroughly wired world, many of us end up feeling lonely and disconnected. ... Overdosing on mobile communication can also mess up the relationship we have with ourselves. Human beings need moments of silence and solitude: to rest and recharge, to think deeply and creatively, to look inside and confront the big questions, ΄Who am I? How do I fit into the world? What is the meaning of life?΄... Whenever a new technology comes along, it takes time to work out the cultural rules and protocols to get the most from it. Mobile communication is no exception: it is neither good nor bad, what matters is how we use it. ... [mention of several trends and initiatives] ... What all of these moves have in common is a desire to build a more measured relationship with communication technologies: to seize the moment, to make the most of now, by choosing when to log on and when to log off."
carlhonoré  slow  distraction  attention  relationships  continuouspartialattention  life  families  work  balance  slowmovement  mobilephones  technology  facebook  myspace  society  internet 
may 2009 by robertogreco
A Life Offline (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
"I have literally had a computer since birth; the Internet came not long after that: I still remember email addresses supplemented by UUCP bang-paths. Hardly a day has gone by in which I haven’t checked my email for what must be a decade.
technology  communication  productivity  health  attention  awareness  continuouspartialattention  focus  print  books  internetvacation  connectivity  mobile  phones  online  web  via:preoccupations 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Email ‘n Walk - Compose Emails While On The Move | Apple iPhone Apps
"Email ‘n Walk allows you to compose important email messages while on the go. Just open the application and start typing. The subject and message fields appear over the top of a instant video feed via your iPhone’s camera. This way you can type AND walk without worrying about what may be in front of you."
iphone  applications  excess  continuouspartialattention  distraction  email  watchwhereyou'rewalking  csiap  ios 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Survey Says Baby Boomers Think Playing With Your Blackberry During A Meeting Is Rude
"The generation gap all too often expresses itself as a technology gap. A survey of white collar workers (most of them in the legal profession) commissioned by NexisLexis offers a glimpse at changing attitudes towards technology between Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers. ... My advice to anyone who finds Blackberry or laptop use during meetings rude or distracting: have fewer meetings or get to the point faster. Invariably, the conversations people are having on their laptops, iPhones, and Blackberries are increasingly more interesting than the ones that are going on in the room."
attention  genx  geny  netgen  boomers  babyboomers  generations  technology  communication  work  etiquette  laptops  mobile  phones  twitter  facebook  email  continuouspartialattention  meetings 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Renny Gleeson on antisocial phone tricks | Video on TED.com
"In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later."
culture  society  mobilephones  socialnetworking  availability  continuouspartialattention  twitter  identity  etiquette  alwayson  socialmedia  antisocial  behavior  human  communication  technology  community 
april 2009 by robertogreco
The Long Now Blog » We are programmed to be interrupted.
"An ‘attention-deficient’ society obsessed with staying on top of things is a society that is stuck in the orientation phase of attention, makes snap judgments and is subject to the whims of cognitive shortcuts."

[Contrast with response from Mind Hacks: http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/02/the_myth_of_the_conc.html ]
attention  continuouspartialattention  multitasking  singletasking  productivity  longnow  science  psychology  internet  socialmedia  culture  society  brain  change  adaptation  maggiejackson  technology  distraction  monotasking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Multitasking is the fastest way to mediocrity - (37signals)
"I’m not complaining, I’m just observing. And the primary observation that comes out of all this is that multitasking is the fastest way to mediocrity. Things suck when you don’t give them your full attention.

I’m not thrilled with the work I’ve been doing lately.

This isn’t a breakthrough, it’s just a reminder. If you want to do great work, focus on one thing at a time. Finish it and move on to the next thing. It means some things aren’t going to get done as fast as some people may want. It means some people aren’t going to get your full attention for a while. But doing a bunch of crappy work, or making a bunch of poorly considered decisions just to get through the pile isn’t worth it."
multitasking  singletasking  continuouspartialattention  productivity  process  success  37signals  monotasking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Mind Hacks: The myth of the concentration oasis
"New technology has not created some sort of unnatural cyber-world, but is just moving us away from a relatively short blip of focus that pervaded parts of the Western world for probably about 50 years at most.

And when we compare the level of stress and distraction it causes in comparison to the life of the average low-tech family, it's nothing. It actually allows us to focus, because it makes things less urgent, it controls the consequences and allows us to suffer no more than social indignation if we don't respond immediately.

The past, and for most people on the planet, the present, have never been an oasis of mental calm and creativity. And anyone who thinks they have it hard because people keep emailing them should trying bringing up a room of kids with nothing but two pairs of hands and a cooking pot."
distraction  attention  history  perspective  luddism  technology  children  mobile  phones  myths  concentration  infooverload  mindhacks  singletasking  psychology  pedagogy  science  internet  productivity  parenting  brain  twitter  society  flow  focus  leisure  continuouspartialattention  maggiejackson  culture  multitasking  monotasking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Caterina.net: Singletasking
"Sent to me by my friend David Kidder, and guiding my workdays, as much as possible. I'm not sure where it's from."

[Linkrot, so try Wayback: http://web.archive.org/web/20120119210114/http://caterina.net/archive/001158.html ]
via:preoccupations  multitasking  singletasking  discipline  attention  management  gtd  flow  productivity  work  email  life  distraction  continuouspartialattention  monotasking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains | Wired Science from Wired.com
"Paying attention isn't a simple act of self-discipline, but a cognitive ability with deep neurobiological roots — and this complex faculty, says Maggie Jackson, is being woefully undermined by how we're living.

In Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, Jackson explores the effects of "our high-speed, overloaded, split-focus and even cybercentric society" on attention. It's not a pretty picture: a never-ending stream of phone calls, e-mails, instant messages, text messages and tweets is part of an institutionalized culture of interruption, and makes it hard to concentrate and think creatively. Of course, every modern age is troubled by its new technologies. "The telegraph might have done just as much to the psyche [of] Victorians as the Blackberry does to us," said Jackson. "But at the same time, that doesn't mean that nothing has changed. The question is, how do we confront our own challenges?" Wired.com talked to Jackson about attention and its loss."
education  technology  attention  multitasking  singletasking  continuouspartialattention  overload  infooverload  brain  twitter  gtd  computers  productivity  creativity  psychology  memory  distraction  culture  society  neuroscience  stress  maggiejackson  monotasking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Vodafone | receiver » Simultaneous environments – social connection and new media - Kazys Varnelis
"The world of micro-publics can also threaten place as well. With access to more information than ever, we can find a community perfectly tailored to our political, social, and cultural interests. I confess that I am perfectly happy in my suburban town on the outskirts of the New York metropolitan region, where people like me live, seeking a very liberal suburban life. We all attend our July 4th parade but we give the most applause to the anti-Iraq-war marchers. Right-wingers are few and far between in these parts. There is a dark side to this. In The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of America is Tearing Us Apart, journalist Bill Bishop uncovered that Americans are increasingly sorting themselves into homogeneous communities. As people worldwide gravitate to the places where others most like themselves live, face-to-face debate and dissent evaporate."
kazysvarnelis  place  space  communities  architecture  technology  communication  history  change  nonplaces  telecocoon  copresence  connectedness  continuouspartialattention  privacy  internet  mobile  phones  sms  society 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The New Atlantis » The Myth of Multitasking
"When people do their work only in the “interstices of their mind-wandering,” with crumbs of attention rationed out among many competing tasks, their culture may gain in information, but it will surely weaken in wisdom."
multitasking  continuouspartialattention  attention  culture  learning  brain  psychology  productivity  neuroscience 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Info Overload - ReadWriteWeb [part 2 : http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/info_overload_what_can_we_do.php]
"The end result is fractured attention where the big loss comes from the time it takes to recover from the interruption and get back to work."..."These "productivity" apps, it seems, by their very nature, have been designed to steal our focus."
attention  overload  infooverload  time  continuouspartialattention  productivity  work  internet  web  online  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  socialsoftware 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Linda Stone: Phone in the Toilet? - Living on The Huffington Post - "We are better at rationalizing what we do than being rational about what we're doing...Our phones have enslaved us even as they set us free..."
"Let the phone keep ringing the next time someone calls and you're in the midst of something else. When the caller later asks you why you didn't answer or where you were, you can smile and say: "I'm free. Free. I'm free to enjoy being in the moment."
phones  lindastone  continuouspartialattention  attention  society  etiquette  culture  mobile 
june 2008 by robertogreco
/Message: Web Culture And The New Ethos Of Work [From Enterprise 2.0 June 2008]
"What we will have once this wave of web innovation has been stewing for a few years is something better than we are leaving behind. A more caring, creative, and healthier world, where people are more engaged locally but concerned and involved globally."
attention  culture  enterprise2.0  stoweboyd  socialmedia  via:preoccupations  web  work  time  reading  social  flow  continuouspartialattention  participatory  politics  focus  glocalism  future  religion  environment  sustainability  media  hierarchy  networks  collaboration  collaborative  productivity  blogging  microblogging  facebook  twitter  organizations  leadership  management  administration  education  schooling  schools  schooldesign  business  gamechanging 
june 2008 by robertogreco
"Zerstreutheit" and the Attention Management Cure | 43 Folders
"Every one knows what attention is...taking possession by the mind, in clear & vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought...implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others"
attention  continuouspartialattention  time  organization  focus  gtd  lifehacks  words  german  via:russelldavies 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Linda Stone: Is it Time to Retire the Never-Ending List? - Living on The Huffington Post
"In the cases where people reported managing their time, they more often reported experiencing burn-out, they didn't know how much longer they could go on at their particular job or lifestyle. There was often a sense of helplessness and overwhelm."

[also posted at: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/06/is-it-time-to-retire-the-never.html ]
lindastone  productivity  gtd  management  time  lifehacks  burnout  overload  efficiency  clutter  attention  organization  lists  howto  focus  work  simplicity  life  gamechanging  psychology  continuouspartialattention 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium - Will We Let Google Makes Us Smarter?
"I think that even if the penalty is that you loose 20 points of your natural IQ when you get off Google AI, most of us will choose to keep the 40 IQ points we gain by jacking in all the time."
nicholascarr  google  intelligence  attention  memory  continuouspartialattention  learning  online  internet  web 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Is Multitasking More Efficient?
"Is Multitasking More Efficient? Shifting mental gears costs time, especially when shifting to less familiar tasks"
via:hrheingold  multitasking  productivity  psychology  lifehacks  continuouspartialattention  focus  performance  attention 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Scientific American: About Us: Press Releases
"However They May Not Be More Productive: Nearly Six Out of Ten Agree They're "Busier" But Often Feel Like They Get Less Done"
via:hrheingold  attention  multitasking  psychology  productivity  continuouspartialattention  research  technology 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Google: Making Nick Carr Stupid, But It's Made This Guy Smarter - John Battelle's Searchblog - "deep in search for knowledge on web, jumping from link to link, reading deeply...skimming 100s of links, pulling back to formulate & reformulate queries..
"devouring new connections as quickly as Google can serve them up, when I am performing bricolage in real time over the course of hours, I am "feeling" my brain light up, I & "feeling" like I'm getting smarter. A lot smarter, in a way that only a human ca
attention  brain  nicholascarr  google  internet  intelligence  society  continuouspartialattention  literacy  media 
june 2008 by robertogreco
A quiet retreat from the busy information commons « Jon Udell
"[need] to develop strategies that enable us to graze on info in most effective ways...experience sustained attention, deep reading, quiet contemplation...technology sometimes gives back with one hand what it takes away with the other"
attention  internet  continuouspartialattention  via:preoccupations  nicholascarr  technology  overload  concentration 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Mind Hacks: Web making us worried, but probably not stupid [regarding Nicholas Carr's Is Google Making Us Stupid"]
"While the Atlantic article warns against conclusions drawn from anecdotes, it is almost entirely anecdotal. Tellingly, it quotes not a single study that has measured any of the things mentioned as a concern by the author or anyone else."
psychology  videogames  attention  technology  fear  add  adhd  computers  internet  nicholascarr  continuouspartialattention  reading  google  concentration  focus  brain  web  online  productivity  research  information  overload  flow  neuroscience  writing  cognition  cognitive  memory 
june 2008 by robertogreco
7 Habits Essential for Tackling the Multitasking Virus | Zen Habits
"1. Do what you love. 2. Do it in a way you love and connect to. 3. Give people a Choice and they become engaged. 4. Release a fear of failure. 5. Build positive routines. 6. Do one thing at a time. 7. Take Breaks."
schools  teaching  learning  attention  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  engagement  society  technology  organization  productivity  habits  teens  youth  colleges  universities 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Is Google Making Us Stupid? - What the Internet is doing to our brains
"When I mention my troubles with reading to friends and acquaintances—literary types, most of them—many say they’re having similar experiences. The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing."
google  concentration  attention  focus  brain  nicholascarr  technology  web  internet  online  productivity  continuouspartialattention  research  information  overload  flow  neuroscience  psychology  reading  writing  cognition  cognitive  memory 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Myth of Multitasking
"According to Brain Rules by John Medina, multi-tasking is a myth...multitaskers will take twice as long to accomplish task and they’ll have twice the error rate of single taskers."

[see also: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xO_oEGHWSMU ]

[ http://brainrules.blogspot.com/2008/03/brain-cannot-multitask_16.html ]
johnmedina  multitasking  singletasking  continuouspartialattention  productivity  brain  research  learning  attention  monotasking 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Art of Zen Living » Singletasking
"[Multitasking] usually means is the ability to have several things going on at once, none of which get done as well as they should, and some of them get left half finished and forgotten."
singletasking  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  simplicity  slow  monotasking 
may 2008 by robertogreco
reboot10 - Singletasking for Multitaskers
"This will give us insights into some things specifically human: A perspective onto what consciousness is, how our mind works and who we are."
singletasking  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  simplicity  slow  monotasking 
may 2008 by robertogreco
No signal: The mobile phone refuseniks - Features, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
"We chat, we text, we roam and we run up huge bills. Most of us couldn't imagine life without them. But there remain a smattering of rebels who refuse to adopt mobile phones. Why do they resist? And how on earth do they manage?"
mobile  phones  society  behavior  via:adamgreenfield  technology  luddism  culture  attention  continuouspartialattention 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Infomania: Why we can’t afford to ignore it any longer
"combination of e–mail overload & interruptions is widely recognized as major disrupter of knowledge worker productivity & quality of life, yet few organizations take serious action against it....action should be a high priority, by analyzing the severe
email  distraction  attention  productivity  work  technology  sms  concentration  continuouspartialattention  burnout  gtd  interruptions  psychology  stress 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Internet Evolution - Cory Doctorow - The Pleasures of Uninterrupted Communication
"You'd think that I ran some kind of IM in the background, and picked up the phone a dozen times a day to chat...You'd be wrong. But once you add an interruptive medium like IM, unscheduled calls, or pop-up notifiers of mail, flow turns into chop."
attention  communication  email  internet  overload  productivity  emailapnea  continuouspartialattention  alwayson  flow  technology  GTD  corydoctorow  online  writing  multitasking  im  addiction  culture  information  mobile  work  web 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Learning Zeitgeist: The Future of Education is Just-in-Time, Multidisciplinary, Experimental, Emergent - Robin Good's Latest News
"skills valued today...not related those developed in educational prison facilities ...students in classrooms, disconnected from each...intellectual capabilities hammered into dirt by requiring certain outcomes rather than creativity&imagination."
edtech  lifelonglearning  autodidacts  learning  unschooling  deschooling  ivanillich  technology  socialnetworks  connectivism  authentic  teemuarina  e-learning  alternative  change  reform  georgesiemens  serendipity  schools  schooling  schooldesign  parasiticlearning  seymourpapert  davidweinberger  continuouspartialattention  time  context  lcproject  education  newschool  learning2.0  digitalliteracy  future  community 
february 2008 by robertogreco
In search of the distraction-free computer desktop. - By Jeffrey MacIntyre - Slate Magazine
"As outrageous and premature as it sounds, programs like WriteRoom could have the kind of impact for this generation that The Elements of Style had for another, by distilling down the writing process and laying bare its constituent parts."
productivity  software  tools  lifehacks  writeroom  mac  osx  usability  distraction  continuouspartialattention  attention  writing 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Near Future Laboratory » Kombolói: An Anti-Anxiety Device
"This is a quick, quick sketch for an idea I had for a intimate personable device that is best described as a digital worry bead or Kombolói — not so much a worry bead as something to capture and diffuse your anxiety."

[See also: https://web.archive.org/web/20120113034550/http://nearfuturelaboratory.com/projects/worry-wand/ ]
julianbleecker  touch  kombolói  electronics  continuouspartialattention  anxiety  interaction  emotive  anti-anxietydevices  worrybeads  fidgettools 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The Autumn of the Multitaskers
"Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity"
multitasking  continuouspartialattention  attention  psychology  neuroscience  behavior  brain  cognition  cognitive  concentration  memory  connectivity  culture  society  stress  productivity  education  learning  lifehacks  slow  mind  organization  theatlantic  technology  recession  trends  bubbles  mobile  phones  distraction  etiquette  economics  freedom  simplicity  digitalnatives 
january 2008 by robertogreco
IM=Interruption Management? Instant Messaging and Disruption in the Workplace
"people who utilize IM at work report being interrupted less frequently than non-users, and they engage in more frequent computer-mediated communication than non-users, including both work-related and personal communication"
attention  continuouspartialattention  concentration  workplace  work  productivity  messaging  im  collaboration  communication  management  time  technology  business  overload  research  workflow  chat  presence 
november 2007 by robertogreco
adaptive path » blog » Todd Wilkens » My personal war against Crackberry
"I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up for getting people to put down their Crackberries and actually do some work."
meetings  productivity  business  attention  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  administration  management  organizations  etiquette  leadership 
november 2007 by robertogreco
43F Podcast: The Myth of Multi-tasking | 43 Folders
"43Folders.com - “Multi-taskers” are really just splitting their time and attention into smaller slices than you; no one can really do more than one thing at a time."
multitasking  continuouspartialattention  management  attention  productivity  etiquette  human  focus 
november 2007 by robertogreco
The Global Sympathetic Audience - New York Times
"Mainly, they describe the minutiae of their day, but when their lives take more dramatic turns, they often take the network along in real time."
twitter  tumblr  tumblelogs  ambientintimacy  continuouspartialattention  communication  sharing  blogging  blogs  microblogs  social  society  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  community 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Maxed out on social software
"Even when software lets us use our hours more productively, we simply expand the number of tools we use and the number of people we communicate with until we're out of time again."
attention  socialnetworking  social  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  dunbar  gamechanging  networking  overload  continuouspartialattention  time  productivity  information  web2.0  facebook  twitter  del.icio.us  blogs  blogging 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Language Log: Turn-taking etiquettes
"always seemed weird...that people who would never consider barging into the middle of someone else's life in other ways think nothing of making a randomly disruptive phone call."
etiquette  phones  mobile  technology  business  relationships  attention  continuouspartialattention  callwaiting  communication  respect 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Preoccupations: Sherry Turkle: 'what will loving come to mean?'
"If you have trouble with intimacies, cyberintimacies are useful because they are at the same time cybersolitudes."
culture  internet  robots  japan  age  sherryturkle  gamechanging  comments  objects  intimacy  technology  psychology  society  human  emotions  cyberspace  interface  web  online  computers  ai  brain  mind  self  identity  continuouspartialattention  time  slow 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Internet Evolution - Cory Doctorow - The Future of Ignoring Things
"The network won't ever become more tractable. There will never be fewer things vying for our online attention. The only answer is better ways and new technology to ignore stuff -- a field that's just being born, with plenty of room to grow."
attention  continuouspartialattention  informationmanagement  software  information  spam  email  filters  productivity  rss  future  corydoctorow  internet  web  trends  technology  memory  overload 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Evolution of Communication: From Email to Twitter and Beyond
"Certainly email is still the most broadly used form of digital communication, particularly in businesses, but is it beginning to be displaced? And more importantly why?"
email  twitter  blogs  blogging  sms  mobile  phones  communication  continuouspartialattention  technology  predictions  socialsoftware  sociology  social  society  comparison  mail  internet  secondlife  sl  readwriteweb  presence  future  community  collaboration  chat  im  texting  web2.0  visualization  tracking  trends  online  networking  business  change  evolution 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Are You Paying Attention?: Continuous Partial Attention Revisited
"that we are not necessarily information saturated - that our brains are evolving to...where we can let the information flow over us and stay continuously partially attentive to many things at the same time...claims that this is a perfectly natural change
attention  flow  information  continuouspartialattention  evolution  mind  brain 
july 2007 by robertogreco
CBC News In Depth: Technology:Are cellphones and the internet rewiring our brains?
"Before making assumptions of addictive behaviour, you should know there's a positive side to switching tasks often. You may actually be training your brain to become faster and stronger."
attention  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  brain  development  society 
june 2007 by robertogreco
The A-Z of modern etiquette - Independent Online Edition > This Britain
"Hoodies, emails, religion, MySpace... If negotiating your way through society's ever - shifting codes of conduct is getting you down, Mark Hooper plays Mr Manners"
etiquette  culture  society  internet  work  world  conduct  behavior  technology  mobile  phones  email  attention  continuouspartialattention 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Open the Future: Augmented Fluid Intelligence
"Eventually, we'll hit a ceiling in the ways in which we can improve our fluid intelligence naturally."
multitasking  continuouspartialattention  ai  automation  cognition  complexity  communication  twitter  futurism  future  information  intelligence  attention  work  society 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Slow Down, Multitaskers; Don’t Read in Traffic - New York Times
"Several research reports, both recently published and not yet published, provide evidence of the limits of multitasking. The findings, according to neuroscientists, psychologists and management professors, suggest that many people would be wise to curb t
multitasking  concentration  brain  neuroscience  psychology  work  technology  society  safety  continuouspartialattention 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Creating Passionate Users: Is Twitter TOO good?
"1near-perfect example of the...intermittent variable reward, the key addictive element of slot machines 2strong "feeling of connectedness"...can trick the brain into thinking its having a meaningful social interaction3another...contribution to the problems of always-on multi-tasking"
twitter  continuouspartialattention  psychology  productivity  social  technology  communication  im  kathysierra 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Marketplace: A better brand of business travel
"Commentator Lucy Kellaway suggests opening a new virtual airline where business travelers could get all the benefits of flying without the hassles."
travel  continuouspartialattention  multitasking  work  business  interruptions  society  focus  airlines  flights 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Teens Can Multitask, But What Are Costs? - washingtonpost.com
"Researchers say there isn't any answer yet to whether multitasking helps, hurts or has no effect on teens' development."
attention  brain  cognition  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  learning  teens  reading  media  mind  research 
february 2007 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Health | 'Bottleneck' slows brain activity
"US researchers have discovered a likely reason why people find it hard to do two things at once."
cognitive  research  science  brain  neuroscience  mobile  phones  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  attention 
january 2007 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | UK | 'Infomania' worse than marijuana
"Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed."
trends  continuouspartialattention  information  addiction  productivity  work  internet  online  health  technology  research  culture  email 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Creating Passionate Users: The Asymptotic Twitter Curve
"The brain scientists now tell us that becoming an expert is not a matter of being a prodigy, it's a matter of being able to focus."
time  management  focus  intelligence  work  distraction  twitter  online  internet  rss  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  social  software  web  networking  networks  technology  multitasking  continuouspartialattention  attention  blogs  email  etiquette  locative  stress  productivity  kathysierra 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Underwhelmed by It All - Los Angeles Times
"Mark, who has studied multi-tasking by 25- to 35-year-old high-tech workers, believes that the group is not much different from 12- to 24-year-olds, since the two groups grew up with similar technology. She frets that "a pattern of constant interruption"
attention  multitasking  work  productivity  psychology  technology  internet  concentration  entertainment  continuouspartialattention 
october 2006 by robertogreco
collision detection: Study pinpoints the limits of multitasking
"Here's a neat bit of mind-hack research: A couple of psychologists have found that multitasking is easier to do if the various streams streams of info you're trying to monitor arrive in different modes."
interface  psychology  multitasking  technology  attention  work  productivity  society  continuouspartialattention 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Driven to distraction by technology | CNET News.com
"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."
society  technology  productivity  attention  etiquette  gadgets  communication  tools  continuouspartialattention  multitasking 
october 2005 by robertogreco
Meet the Life Hackers - New York Times
"Lots of people complain that office multitasking drives them nuts. But Mark is a scientist of "human-computer interactions" who studies how high-tech devices affect our behavior, so she was able to do more than complain: she set out to measure precisely
society  technology  productivity  attention  etiquette  gadgets  communication  tools  continuouspartialattention  multitasking 
october 2005 by robertogreco
My ongoing struggle against "continuous partial attention"
"This curious feature of modern life poses a problem for a someone like me. Every productive thing that I do requires ALL my attention."
society  technology  productivity  attention  etiquette  gadgets  communication  tools  continuouspartialattention  multitasking 
october 2005 by robertogreco
Is anyone listening? WiFi and the new ADD, by Jeffrey Veen
"So what's the best solution? Should conference planners make WiFi available in the halls but not the session rooms? Should the net be down during conference time, but up on breaks? Maybe it's similar to mobile phone etiquette 10 years ago -- we all learn
society  technology  productivity  attention  etiquette  gadgets  communication  tools  japan  continuouspartialattention  multitasking 
september 2005 by robertogreco
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