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Posted 2006-08-24 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The best thing about this Logitech press release isn't the peripherals it promotes, but the following nugget:

"A recent Logitech study revealed that people, on average, have six applications open on their computer at any one time, and the active window switches or a new window opens every 50 seconds. To navigate the vast content at their disposal, people spin their mouse's scroll wheel approximately 26 feet in an eight-hour day." It'd be nice to know the demographics of those studied, but still, a 50-second attention span is pretty sad. Is technology to blame?

I'd write more, but clearly you've opened a new window by now.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Torley
August 24, 2006 @ 10:28 pm
     
 
It's kind of funny because I saw this on World of SL, saw this in the feedstream, and clicked through. I usually have multiple tabs open in Firefox simultaneously, and shuffle them like cards.

But I really, *really* like to have focus and just zone in on something for a goodly amount of time.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
August 25, 2006 @ 9:35 am
     
 
I'm just as guilty at window-switching. Personally, I blame technology for shortening my attention-span. Or at least I blame technology for facilitating my natural laziness. Short attention-spans are easier on a brain, I think. It takes real effort to concentrate over the long-term.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Torley
August 25, 2006 @ 1:31 pm
     
 
Maybe that's why it's such a paragon of human achievement to be a monk? Taras Balderdash once told me something really profound, when I had the misunderstanding that monks are calm--they may look so on the outside, but in their mind rages a turbulent well of passion.

Upon realizing this, I blushed, feeling I should have known this earlier.

Lately I've felt like I've been skimming too shallowly on some things, like glossing past articles and not really *reading* them. At least I know I have a good book to curl up with--My Tiny Life which Robin Linden encouraged me to read, and how appropriate too!
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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