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I have made a study of human communication -- interpersonal as well as mass media.  I am intrigued by tremendous changes in human interaction in recent years.  The computer, Internet, smart phones and social media have dramatically changed the way we interact with each other.  Human discourse hasn't changed, but the mediums by which we communicate have..."and that has made all the difference".

 

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When is all this Media too Much?

multi tasking

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. watching tv (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 iphone-textingtweets 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???

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0 #5 facebook subscribe button instead of add friend 2012-11-24 08:50
Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!
 
 
0 #4 Grace Duke 2011-12-19 13:54
Well put Jeannette and Dave. I see a New Year's Resolution here -- Concentrate on one thing at a time. Enjoy what we are doing right now without thinking about what is coming next. Live in the present moment!
 
 
0 #3 Jeannette McDonald 2011-12-19 07:42
all of this clutter is impacting communication. misunderstandin g of intent, comments made that wouldn't be said if verbal communication was going on, loss of social skills (trying talking to a 9 year old deeply entrenched in their DS). utilize the tools for the original intent is my philosophy.
 
 
0 #2 Dave Waldman 2011-12-04 22:09
"I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on." - Charles Emerson Winchester (MASH)
 
 
0 #1 Michael Wallace 2011-12-03 12:06
Your website has really inspired me to really totally change the way I run my site. I really appreciate your hard work.
 

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