We’re living in the age of constant partial attention

We have reached a state of technology, he said, where we are absorbing 300% more information than the average person did in the 1960s, but it has no correlation to how well we do our jobs. Most people work a mere three minutes before they get distracted and 60% of them are self-interruptions. As humans, we are wired to be distracted. We seek out new and novel stimulus. We are hunter-gatherers.  

NASHVILLE — Put down your phone! Unless you’re reading this on your phone. In that case, please keep reading. Keep reading until the end of the … oh, look, there’s a squirrel!

Consultant Curt Steinhorst told members of the Service Round Table meeting here as part of Comfortech 2014 that we are all so distracted that we’re getting less and less done. Steinhorst began with a story about going in to the doctor’s for his pregnant wife’s ultrasoun

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