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Keynote Presentation: You’ve Lost My Attention: Technology and the Regression of the Human Mind


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Technology has provided us access to a wealth of information, but left us in a poverty of attention. From one perspective, technology has enabled us to exceed many of our physical limitations; from …

Technology has provided us access to a wealth of information, but left us in a poverty of attention. From one perspective, technology has enabled us to exceed many of our physical limitations; from another, technology is hampering our ability not just to work, but to live. The great myth about the products we consume today was their promise to make us capable of doing more things at once.

“Strong ability to multi-task” is one of the most common phrases found on the resumes of today’s graduating class. Yet the human brain has been scientifically proven to be incapable of successfully devoting its resources to more than one task at a time. The capabilities of technology may be limitless, but as people, we are not.

In this presentation, Christopher Luise will discuss the impact of these issues on organizations and the evolving needs of the workforce, from hiring and training to motivation and performance analysis. He will examine the historical evolution of the concept of “productivity”, and highlight the differences between the ability to multi task and the ability to balance competing priorities. Lastly, Chris will demonstrate the ways in which employers will need to adapt as technology progresses far beyond our capabilities to manage human behavior through policy and procedure alone.

Speaker: Christopher J. Luise, Executive Vice President, ADNET Technologies, LLC

Published in: Business, Technology

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  • 1. You’ve Lost My Attention! Christopher Luise! ADNET Technologies, LLC! Technology and the Regression ! of the Human Mind!
  • 2. Source: Learning Fundamentals!
  • 3. Is Google Making Us Stupid?! The Internet is a machine designed for the efficient and automated collection, transmission, and manipulation of information.! Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” 2008, Atlantic Monthly !
  • 4. Associated Press! Attention spans have shrunk by over 50% within just one decade.!
  • 5. U.S. Workers and Email! 6%! 6%! 12%! 32%! 55%! 59%! 81%! 90%! 0%! 23%! 45%! 68%! 90%! 113%! have responded to email while they or their spouse was in labor! have responded to email while attending a funeral! expect a response to their emails within 15 minutes! typically respond to emails within 15 minutes! have responded to emails after 11p.m.! have responded to emails while on vacation! have responded to emails on weekends! view email as a blessing, not a curse! of U.S. workers!!
  • 6. 2009, VTTI!! “5 seconds is the average length of time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field, but blindfolded.”!
  • 7. NOPUS!! “At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.”!
  • 8. – Chris Luise! “But I can multitask!”!
  • 9. Daniel Goleman! The Great Myth of Multitasking! ! “When people say they’re  ‘multitasking,’ what they are really doing is something called ‘continuous partial attention,’ where the brain switches back and forth quickly between tasks.”!
  • 10. Matt Richtel, New York Times! “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction”! “Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.”!
  • 11. What if I told you that some of your employees were doing something on the job that might decrease productivity?!
  • 12. Hint: It’s not this, ! although the distractions created by smoking pot do lower our I.Q. by 5%!
  • 13. The distractions created by attempting to multitask lower our I.Q. by 10% ! and make us 40% slower.! What if I told you that all of your employees are doing something worse, and so are you?!
  • 14. Guided Exercise!
  • 15. Mindfulness! Leadership! Respect! Focus!
  • 16. Soren Gordhamer! Wisdom 2.0!
  • 17. 8%! 8%! 13%! 15%! 40%! 16%! 16%! 14%! 19%! 26%! 77%! 76%! 73%! 66%! 34%! 0%! 25%! 50%! 75%! 100%! Disagree! Neutral! Agree! Technology helps me improve 
 the quality of my work! Technology helps me be 
 more successful in my career! Technology makes it easier 
 to communicate with 
 my peers and supervisors! I have access to 
 the right technology at work! Technology consumes 
 too much of my time! 44%! 38%! 37%! 47%! 27%! 24%! 29%! 29%! 21%! 26%! 32%! 33%! 34%! 32%! 47%! 0%! 25%! 50%! 75%! 100%! 12%! 13%! 18%! 20%! 38%! 26%! 31%! 28%! 26%! 31%! 62%! 55%! 53%! 54%! 30%! 0%! 25%! 50%! 75%! 100%! Americas! Europe! APAC! Perceptions of Technology ! (Working Millennials)! Source: Learning Fundamentals!
  • 18. Grounding Technology! •  Define and respect boundaries! •  Respect and adapt to generational differences! •  Reteach critical thinking and awareness of self! •  Establish time outs - unique work/life balance!
  • 19. Policies and Procedures! •  Know your culture and your industry! •  Examine legacy policies impacted by technology! •  Acceptable Use policies! •  Communication procedures! •  Social Media Policies! •  Monitor performance/ performance recognition!
  • 20. From Distraction to Focus! Obligatory Disclaimer: App Icons Source: iTunes App Store, Apple, Inc.! ADNET does not own the copyright on any app or app icon, nor does ADNET endorse any particular applications or mobile platforms.!
  • 21. Recommended Reading!
  • 22. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”! Mahatma Gandhi!
  • 23. Talk to Me! @ITWithValue @ChristopherLuise @TechWorx
  • 24. @ADNETTech @ADNETTechnologiesLLC @ADNETTechnologiesLLC