Are We More Distracted by Technology Today Than Ever Before?
Are You Distracted by Technology?
This image above says it all. How many times are you in a meeting and get interrupted by a cell phone while a computer is still running? And it looks like they may have been having breakfast or lunch at the same time. Do you think being distracted by technology is helping us to be more or less productive? Do we really think because we are multi-tasking we are being more productive?
Yesterday I had 2 deadlines for articles to be completed. I had started one a while back and the other only in my head. I had to charge my cell phone before leaving the house so I did it in another room (unusual for me) and came on the computer to write and did not have the internet up and running. To my amazement I had completed both in less than 45 minutes. Was it because I wasn’t distracted by technology?
I usually have the email up and Twitter or other networks on while I am doing other things. I’m always thinking the more things you can do at once the more that gets done. Not today. I’m going to try this more often and see if my theory of focusing on one thing at time will produce more. (Since I did not follow my own advice prior)
According to Microsoft tag we are checking our cell phones 150 times per day. Do you reach or exceed that number? I sure hope you have a responsive theme for your blog or website with that much usage on mobile.
OfficeTime.net, creator of the popular OfficeTime time and expense tracking software for Windows and Mac computers and iOS devices, recently conducted a survey of working professionals on their Biggest Time Killers.
Survey participants were asked to name their top-three time killers. Of all the ways people manage to squander their time each day here are the top ones:
- Email (47%)
- Procrastination (42%)
- Social Networking (36%)
- Meetings (34%)
- Surfing the Internet (30%)
- Rounding out the Top 10 were non business-related conversations (24%), dealing with computer / technical issues (23%), “bureaucracy / red tape” (19%), travel time / commuting (14%), and playing computer games (10%).
Amazing to see how much we are distracted by technology today in this survey. The only ones that are not technology driven are possibly meetings, red tape and travel time.
What are the biggest technology distractions in your day?