Honestly, I skimmed one and don’t have time to read the other, but I’m guessing they play out thusly:
Point: Information overwhelms us, we try and fail to multitask, society crumbles, etc.
Counterpoint: We adapt to distractions and learn to succeed in a new age of communication. Where are my keys?
I promise I’ll read them at some point.
Luckily, it doesn’t matter for this post. Since earlier in the year, when I pondered Twitter apps to build, it’s become increasingly clear to me that the best design, whether mobile or web app, will cut through distractions.
For example, logging in to post this missive, I was distracted by plugin updates and comments. Bad because I’m in a hurry.
Same thing with Twitter clients that distract me with @ replies and direct messages, even worse with unread counts, the most heinous weapon in the psychological warfare armory an app can use to ruin your productivity.
Anyway, this is my new crusade, creating design that is focused to keep the user on task, eliminating distraction.