The distracted mind

Adam Gazzaley, Larry D. Rosen

Why I looked at this book

Computers are very powerful, but I feel that they don't increase our productivity as much as they might. It seems that rather than doing our bidding, the computers are in control. We have to sit and wait for whatever they are doing. So we become distracted, we think we can do more by multitasking, but we can't. I'm hoping this book will tell more about this process and what we can do about it.

First impressions

The book starts by looking at the different ways we can be distracted - internal or external, distractions or interruptions. We have always been prone to distraction, but it seems that our new devices tend to make it worse. Part of the reason is that in the same way other animals forage for food, we forage for information - but we don't know the best way to deal with the glut of information we have. This book promises to be more scientifically rigorous than similar books on our information overload.
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