Continuous partial attention? Switch off!

Ken Yarmosh has a thought-provoking post titled

“Always on connectivity seems to create a strange predilection to always know (”know” is relative to the thought above because the quality of what we “know” is questionable). For example, a mobile phone compels us to always be available or at least sets the expectation that we always should be. Friends and family become frustrated when they cannot immediately reach us, even in non-emergency situations, they call us several times in-a-row or quickly remind us that we did not call them back in a day’s time.”

Ken’s post reminded me of a post I read a long time ago on “continuous partial attention“, a phrase coined by Linda Stone, a former researcher at Microsoft.

On another note, Ken points out Andrew Keen’s new book and says that “…we become wrapped up in worlds we create; we often create mindless, unintellectual worlds closed to viewpoints other than our own.” Carte blanche statements like that make for good soundbites, but hold little value in a more rigorous analysis on social networking and citizen journalism.

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