Friday, April 29, 2016
The High Mortality of Apps - Interruption Management
According to Apple, 119 apps have been downloaded for every iPhone sold. Yet, less than 25% of those apps are ever used in any given month.
On average, apps lose more than 75% of their users within three days after being downloaded. Among those apps that are used beyond three days, and are patronized regularly by users, Americans are spending more than 3.5 hours a day on them. Hence, only a small percentage of the apps that people ever download proved to be worthy of the time money and investment in using them.
Most apps are cast by the wayside in relatively short order. It appears we become a society of short-attention down-loaders, quite fussy as to what works for us and what does not
Labels: apple, Apps, attention, download, iPhone
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Information Coming Faster - Interruption Management
It seems unreal but broadband Internet service has been predominate for only ten years:
According to J.D. Power and Associates in their “2006 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study,” broadband has finally passed dial-up for Internet home access. Some 56% of residential ISP customers subscribe to broadband, and 44% to subscribe dial-up.
Labels: broadband, dial-up, internet, ISP, speed, technology, web
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Information Explosion - Interruption Management
As I wrote in my 2007 book, Breathing Space
, the term "Information Explosion" has no meaning. The discharge of information spewing forth since the phrase "information explosion" was first coined dwarfs the original meaning. Within a few years, half of our technical knowledge will have been replaced.
Every other page in all the texts on AIDS, biomass, chemical dependency, diet, electronic funds transfer, fire retardation, gynecology, hydrogen fission, immunology, jet propulsion, kinetics, linear motion, meteorology, novas, obstetrics, pituitary functioning, quasars, relativity, sonar, telemetry, uranium, viruses, wellness, x-rays, yacht racing, and zoology, will be rewritten.
So, your task becomes to focus on the in your field that will have the greatest impact
on you, your organization, your family, and your world.
Labels: developments, explosion, focus, information, knowledge, meaning, modern life, society
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Over-Stimulated - Interruption Management
A newborn's brain is barely composed. For the first three months of life, humans experience
the neural development that soon brings smiles, clear vision, and the ability to emit approximately 432 different cries. This is how it's been for more hundreds of thousands of years.
What has changed is that from an early age, babies today will be inundated with too much stimuli. Does this lead to various disorders? Time will tell.
Labels: babies, baby, brain, complexity, development, infants, inundated, neuroscience, stimuli
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Choices and Distraction - Interruption Management
"Logic suggests that having options allows people to select precisely what makes them happiest
. But, as studies show, abundant choice often makes for misery."
Barry Schwartz, "The Tyranny of Choice," Scientific American, April 2004
Labels: choice, distraction, logic, misery, quotes, Scientific American, study
Friday, March 25, 2016
Distracted Driving - Interruption Management
An article in American Psychological Association
rings an alarming bell:
"Cell phones may be convenient but there's one place
they seem to do more harm than good
-- and that's behind the steering
wheel. Psychological research is showing that when drivers use cell
phones, whether hand-held or hands-off, their attention to the road
drops and driving skills become even worse than if they had too much to
drink. Epidemiological research has found that cell-phone use is
associated with a four-fold increase in the odds of getting into an
accident - a risk comparable to that of driving with blood alcohol at
the legal limit."
"But cell phones aren't the only cause for concern. A host of
emerging, even more engaging and time-consuming in-car technologies,
such as navigational displays and Internet browsers, although developed
to make long commutes more productive, also present new challenges for
drivers. Cognitive psychologists and human-factors engineers are teaming
up to document how these new gadgets affect driving performance and
Labels: alarming, attention, cell phones, challenges, distract, driving skills, harm, risk, safety, steering wheel
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Unreality and Its Consequences - Interruption Management
Professor Neil Postman in his 1985 landmark book Amusing Ourselves to Death
offers a brilliant portrait of how television consistently offers us a false view of reality
. Here is an excerpt from the start of Chapter 5, "The Peek-a-Boo World":
"Television has become, so to speak, the background radiation of the social and intellectual universe, the all-but-imperceptible residue of the electronic big bang of a century past, so familiar and so thoroughly integrated with American culture that we no longer hear its faint hissing in the background or see the flickering grey light. This, in turn, means that its epistemology goes largely unnoticed. And the peek-a-boo world it has constructed around us no longer seems even strange."
"There is no more disturbing consequence of the electronic and graphic revolution than this: that the world as given to us through television seems natural, not bizarre. For the loss of the sense of the strange is a sign of adjustment, and the extent to which we have adjusted is a measure of the extent to which we have changed. Our culture's adjustment to the epistemology of television is by now almost complete; we have so thoroughly accepted its definitions of truth, knowledge and reality that irrelevance seems to us to be filled with import, and incoherence seems eminently sane."
"It is my object in the rest of this book to make the epistemology of television visible again. I will try to demonstrate by concrete example... that television's conversations promote incoherence and triviality... and that television speaks in only one persistent voice — the voice of entertainment. Beyond that, I will try to demonstrate that to enter the great television conversation, one American cultural institution after another is learning to speak its terms."
Television, in other words, has transformed "our culture into one vast arena for show business. It is entirely possible, of course, that in the end we shall find that delightful, and decide we like it just fine. This is exactly what Aldous Huxley feared was coming, fifty years ago."
Labels: American society, amusement, culture, distraction, entertainment, intellectual life, interruption, leisure, media, technology, television, TV