I’m glad I finished my schooling back in the dark ages, when nearly everyone carried a notebook and wrote longhand notes.
Sure, we had computers, but they weren’t terribly common. Plus, the World Wide Web (or “Internet”) was in its infancy and not available everywhere.
I wonder how educators and students survive today with all the distractions present. I see pictures of classrooms full of laptops and wonder how many people are actually paying attention.
As an aside, these shots remind me of the updated version of a scene in Real Genius, where, as time passes, all the students and eventually the lecturer, are replaced by tape recorders. Even though the bodies are present, are the students really there?
We all have too many points of contact, which make it all to easy to be interrupted when we should/want to be concentrating.
Research says the brain needs to concentrate and focus on analytic tasks. Successful multi-tasking is a myth, unless of course, your job is to communicate in bursts and doesn’t require deep thinking for extended periods of time.
The irony is that if you disappear to limit the distractions, people wonder where you are and if you’re working. Modern life dictates multi-tasking, which, in turn, degrades the quality of our work and our interactions.
When I first started using a feed reader years ago, I started out reading as much as possible. Then, I slid into skimming posts, then to skimming the first paragraph, and now, I rarely read an entire post, usually skimming headlines to see if I’m interested.
If I’m interested, I set aside a list of stuff to read when I get time, which isn’t ideal, but this is the only way I can get throw all the content I feel compelled to follow. Don’t get me started on the pile of books I plan to read, some day.
A bit funny considering I continue to write long blogs posts asking for comments. I’m flattered that some of you actually read some of the post, at least enough to leave intelligent comments.
As someone who remembers what it’s like to concentrate on tasks, I wonder how kids manage to do this today. How can you study for an exam when you’re IM’ing, texting and keeping up with all your friends online? I can’t even concentrate with music playing, unless it has no words.
Does this mean that I’m less evolved for modern living? Maybe I’m a dinosaur.
Not surprisingly, this post is a victim of multi-tasking. I started it in April 2008, and today, when I decided to resurrect it, I got side-tracked by IM, email and a conversation over Skype.
How do you handle the rigors of multi-tasking? Do you think young people have cracked that nut?
If you made it this far, leave a comment. Otherwise, feel free to move on to the next thing in your day.