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!
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.