When is all this Media too Much?
Do you feel like you are being pulled in several directions at once?
Do you have trouble concentrating?
Join the club!
And, no, you probably don't have adult ADD.
Our culture commends and reveres people who are always on the go. If we aren’t busy and multitasking, we feel like we are unproductive or wasting time! How crazy is that? Trying to do two things at once (or three or four) results in nothing being done well. Sure, sometimes circumstances arise that make us really busy and require us to do two thing at the same time, but this shouldn’t be the way we live the majority of our lives. And if we are on overload during our leisure time, something is really wrong!
If we try to do everything at once, we actually accomplish nothing. The vast multitude of media options certainly has compounded the problem. The other night, I was watching two TV shows at once. (One was on the DVR and the other live. I watched the live show, then paused it when the commercials came on and went to the recorded show, after a while I went back to the live show, and fast forwarded until I got to the content, watched the segment and paused it again when they took a break, went back to the DVR’ed show, etc.)
Besides this, I was reading and commenting on the tweets for the live show, checking my Facebook feed and playing Words with Friends (which sometimes included texting messages back and forth). Needless to say, I don’t even remember what I was watching on TV, and I lost all of the word games!
I don’t believe this proliferation of media has truly helped us, nor that we are better off now than we were 10 years ago because we can watch TV, tweet, post updates to Facebook, e-mail, text, play games, and talk on our own personal phones -- all at the same time! We are fragmented and distracted. Our concentration is slipping. But, the real question is, what sort of condition will we be in 10 years from now???