warnick + attention   10

Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?)
Verena von Pfetten, in the NY Times: "Not the same as mindfulness, which focuses on emotional awareness, monotasking is a 21st-century term for what your high school English teacher probably just called 'paying attention.'"
nytimes  distraction  attention  psychology  multitasking 
july 2016 by warnick
The End of Reflection
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "In a world in which a phone or computer is rarely more than arm’s length away, are we eliminating introspection at times that may have formerly been conducive to it? And is the depth of that reflection compromised because we have retrained ourselves to seek out the immediate gratification of external stimuli?"
reflection  internet  technology  attention  distraction  psychology  digitalself 
june 2016 by warnick
The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World
John Holcroft explains "in case you missed it" in the NY Times: "[T]he very shortening of the phrase is a byproduct and acknowledgment of the velocity of information against which its attached link is racing. The implication is that you probably have not seen it, and it’s not necessary to your existence, but the sender would like to bring it to your attention anyway, please. It serves as a call of desperation as much as an announcement: Can you hear my whisper in these howling winds?"
nytimes  attention  media  psychology 
january 2015 by warnick
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…
Clay Shirky: "There are some counter-moves in the industry right now — software that takes over your screen to hide distractions, software that prevents you from logging into certain sites or using the internet at all, phones with Do Not Disturb options — but at the moment these are rear-guard actions. The industry has committed itself to an arms race for my students’ attention, and if it’s me against Facebook and Apple, I lose."
clayshirky  distraction  attention  learning  laptops  pedagogy 
september 2014 by warnick
How Working on Multiple Screens Can Actually Help You Focus
Clive Thompson, in Wired: "Consider it a new way to manage all the digital demands on our attention: Instead of putting different tasks in different windows, people are starting to put them on different devices."
clivethompson  wiredmagazine  multitasking  attention  screen 
july 2014 by warnick
Multitasking while studying: Divided attention and technological gadgets impair learning and memory
Slate: "Attending to multiple streams of information and entertainment while studying, doing homework, or even sitting in class has become common behavior among young people—so common that many of them rarely write a paper or complete a problem set any other way. But evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention."
slate  attention  distraction  psychology  multitasking  learning  3844  digitalself 
may 2013 by warnick
I quit Twitter for a month and it completely changed my thinking about mostly everything.
Adam Brault: "I’ve realized—Twitter is outsourced schizophrenia. I have a couple hundred voices I have consensually  agreed to allow residence inside my brain."
twitter  addiction  socialmedia  attention  psychology  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
We Can't Teach Students to Love Reading
Alan Jacobs, writing in the Chronicle: "Yes, I know that the word 'school' derives from scholia, meaning leisure. I have tried that one on my students, with no more success than anyone else who has ever tried that one on students. When we say that education is a leisure activity, we simply mean that you can only pursue education if you are temporarily freed from the responsibility of providing yourself with food and shelter. Maybe this freedom comes from your parents; maybe it comes from loans that you're going to devote a good many years to repaying. But somebody is buying you time to read, think, and study."
alanjacobs  reading  pedagogy  attention  learning 
august 2011 by warnick
Medieval Multitasking: Did We Ever Focus?
Elizabeth Drescher goes Medieval on the Carr/Shirky debate: "[A]s scholars have been reminding us for a very long time by now, private reading and the linear thinking that Carr so values as essential for deep, contemplative thought did not feature much in the lives of the people who pretty much brought us the contemplative tradition. Rather, sorting though the mix of images and ideas, arguing with friends over meanings and interpretations, and mullying it up again with a new bit of this or that seem to have been very much at the center of the thought world of ancient philosophers and medieval mystics."
technology  attention  distraction  medieval  manuscripts  reading  nicholascarr  clayshirky  ideasandinnovations 
august 2010 by warnick
Does the Internet Make You Dumber?
Nicholas Carr in the Wall Street Journal: "What we seem to be sacrificing in all our surfing and searching is our capacity to engage in the quieter, attentive modes of thought that underpin contemplation, reflection and introspection. The Web never encourages us to slow down. It keeps us in a state of perpetual mental locomotion."
technology  science  attention  brain  nicholascarr  wallstreetjournal  ideasandinnovations 
august 2010 by warnick

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