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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 traffic safety."

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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."

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Managing Interruption Overload

Is the constant crushing burden of information and communication overload dragging you down, pulling you off course, and impeding your effectiveness? By the end of your workday, do you feel overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted? Would you like to be more focused, productive, and competitive, while remaining balanced and in control?

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