Monday, July 25, 2005

Continuous Partial Attention

Thanks to Linda Stone, a former executive at Microsoft and Apple, I have a name for the state I live in -- continuous partial attention. As she defines it:
Continuous partial attention is that state most of us enter when we're in front of a computer screen, or trying to check out at the grocery store with a cellphone pressed to an ear -- or blogging the proceedings of a conference while it's underway. We're aware of several things at once, shifting our attention to whatever's most urgent -- perhaps the chime of incoming e-mail, or the beep that indicates the cellphone is low on juice. It's not a reflective state.
No wonder I have to log off of everything except what I'm working on in order to think. My guess is that I have lots of company! ;-) [from Library Stuff]

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