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April 24, 2006


Simon Collister

I rememeber reading a report in Metro before Christmas that claimed a university study showed that email alerts led to a loss of concentration worse than that caused by using cannabis.

The persistent golden envelope in the bottom right of the screen led to an acute inability to focus on the task in hand.

And believe it or not... as I'm typing this, one of those glorious envelopes has just appeared. I was going to write lots more reasoned and scientific arguments but I think I'll just pop off and check my emails!

Andrew Smith

I now I've read this week's Economist, I see there is already a phrase that describes the essence of my post - continuous partial attention. Apparently the "joy of focus" is what we are all meant to be rediscovering.....

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