Generation Scan: Are we amusing ourselves to distraction?Youtube, Digg, Twitter, Facebook (and its irritating applications), RSS feeds, Video Games, texting and yakking on mobiles…technology is a double-edged sword.
It can distract us with as much power, if not more, with which it aids our productivity (and teaches us, thnx Wikipedia)
Businesses complain about workers’ social networking habits during office hours.
There is data. Steve Rubel reports some:
interruptions from e-mail, cell phones, instant messaging, and blogs take up nearly 30% of each day; on an annualized basis, this represents a loss of 28 billion hours for the entire US workforce.
The online habits of generation born after 1990, the Always On Generation, aka Gen. Y, Z or whatever, is forcing publishers to redesign their product offerings.
Call it Generation Scan.
Generation Understand? I am not sure.
The distraction this time is on a wider scale than when televisions got prime real estate right in our homes.
Everyone is distracting everyone.
In words of Neil Postman, “Are we amusing ourselves to distraction?”
Meanwhile, Tim Ferris is laughing all the way to the bank teaching people how to do more with less.