mm by NICHOLAS WILTON on Flickr.

mm by NICHOLAS WILTON on Flickr.

Just saw this on my computer, not sure where it’s from

Just saw this on my computer, not sure where it’s from

I’ve thought for a long time that I would like music in the bathroom while I shower. Today I moved some cheap computer speakers in there and rocked out. I was right: it is awesome. I’m thankful for me!

Eyal Ophir on the Science of Multitasking

My favorite parts are below. See link for the whole article.

I think heavy multitaskers are not less effective - they simply have a different goal. A different set of priorities. Where you might say traditionally we value the ability to focus through distractions, they are willing to sacrifice focus in order to make sure they don’t miss an unexpected, but rewarding, surprise. As a result, they might do worse in the office scenario I described, but they might also be the first to slam on the brakes in the car/mobile phone scenario. So who is more effective?

Historically, when someone tapped on our shoulder, they were necessarily physically next to us. So they knew if we were already holding a conversation with someone else, and could adjust their behavior, or withhold their request. We, in turn, felt compelled to respond to the tap on the shoulder when it came. But now, the incoming chat message, the phone call, and the television announcer, all tap on our shoulder in a sense, trying to get our attention. They are entirely oblivious to each other, and solicit our attention as if they were the only ones. We, on the other hand, feel the same obligation to respond. It may be that our social norms and instincts are not scaling at the rate of communication channels. In this way, media may have brought about a new tragedy of the commons - by aggressively trying to grab our undivided attention, they have threatened the very notion of undivided attention.

  • My brother: At work. Look up. Think, Who wears a corduroy jacket??? Oh, my brother does. It's my brother.
  • Me: I am proud of this even though I'm supposed to be embarrassed. He only has one brother (me).

Who would do this?: “Per WAC 458-20-183, the venue space is designated for concert viewing not dancing. Thank you.”

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