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Overcoming Distraction in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Image via Pixabay Julia Warrender June 2, 2017 - FILM 260 Digital Media Trends Overcoming Distraction in the Digital Age
  2. 2. Image via Pixabay The ubiquity of digital devices has introduced a new phenomenon: Digital Distraction
  3. 3. Digital distraction is a serious problem. Estimates suggest we lose $650 million per year to distraction.[1] Image via Pixabay
  4. 4. Image via Pexels This era of “multicommunicating” is also contributing to a perception of incivility. [2] It’s easy to spot those focusing attention on their mobile devices in the wild.
  5. 5. In spite of all of these opportunities to “connect,” some feel more alone than ever. Researchers have discovered that the more people use the web, the lonelier and more depressed they feel.[3] Image via Pixabay
  6. 6. Images via Microsoft Clipart But with 9 out of 10 North Americans owning a mobile device [4], it seems unlikely the era of digital distraction will come to an end any time soon.
  7. 7. Image via Pexels We may have reached a critical mass as more and more people profess to prefer texting to talking. In fact, several major companies (JP Morgan Chase, Coca-Cola, Bank of America) are doing away with voicemail on company cell phones.[5]
  8. 8. Trying to avoid the digital wave is akin to swimming upstream. It is more practical to devise ways to overcome digital distraction instead. Image via Morguefile
  9. 9. As is often the case when attempting to affect a change in learned behaviour, a logical starting point is with the study of the psychology of change. Image via Wikimedia Commons
  10. 10. Regardless of age, people check their smartphones every 15 minutes or less and become anxious if they aren’t allowed to. [6] To combat this, psychologists recommend setting a timer for 15 minutes before allowing a 1-minute tech check-in. Then, gradually increase the length of the of the break to 1+ hours. [7] Image via Pixabay
  11. 11. Image via Pexels We can also consider swapping one distraction for another, less disruptive one, e.g., quiet music during study. “If the student tries to focus too completely, (s)he may, paradoxically, break off altogether with a bigger distraction.” [8]
  12. 12. Or we can embrace the analog life. It turns out we perform better on tests when we take notes by hand instead of using a laptop, even when the other distracting conditions are absent.[9] Image via Pexels
  13. 13. Image via Pixabay That’s good news for students whose laptops have been banned due to the distraction posed to fellow students by idle web-surfers in class. [10]
  14. 14. Outside the hallowed halls of academia, however, the rules governing digital distraction are trickier. Image via Pixabay
  15. 15. Image via Pexels Modified to B&W We have honed a culture of busy bees. We think modern capitalism will come crashing down if we don't check our e- mail before bed. [11]
  16. 16. Image via Pexels Modified to B&W This notion of being “always on” carries potential health risks that include teeth- grinding, diabetes, heart disease and depression. [12]
  17. 17. Image via Pexels Employers are waking up to the risks of excessive connection by employees, and are taking steps to address it. For example, Volkswagen shuts down its servers after 8:00pm to enforce “quiet time.” [13]
  18. 18. In what represents somewhat of an acceptance of constant interruptions, employees are being encouraged to divide the day into small, manageable chunks to minimize the effects of interruptions and to increase productivity. [14] Image via Pixabay
  19. 19. It’s unrealistic to think we’ll go back to our pre-digital ways. As Turkle said, the goal is a “Goldilocks Effect” for digital connection: Not too close, not too far, just right.“[15] Image via Pexels
  20. 20. With practice, that patio dinner could easily become a #LaterGram! But for those who really can’t go 5 minutes without distraction… Image via Pexels
  21. 21. Image via Pexels … there’s always fidget spinners!
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