Thursday, July 21, 2005

Distracted by multitasking interrupts

Here are a few home truths >>>

Driven to distraction by technology - "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. ... humans just aren't that good at doing many things at once. ... there are only certain types of tasks that humans are good at doing simultaneously. Cooking and talking on the phone go together fine, as does walking and chewing gum (for most people). But try and do three math problems at once, and you are sure to have a problem. ... The paradox of modern life is that multitasking is, in most cases, counterproductive."

More or less complemented by body language expert Allan Pease's and his wife Barbara's observations in their popular and entertaining book: Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps

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