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Sunday, July 27, 2003
(technology) Shrinking attention spans and info overload  
Seen on TVC Alert an article from the Globe and Mail, suggesting that there's a downside to ICT - we no longer find it easy to concentrate on one thing at once, we have shorter attention spans and prefer to multitask. (Actually, I find this article reassuring - I thought I was bad because I'd never watch a TV programme without reading a book at the same time, but the author is in a whole other league from me). Worth thinking about though. (I think it was Schenk in 'Data Smog' who said that over-reliance on ICT is giving us all ADHD.)


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