Two lines of a song...Shrieking of a cartoon character...incessant rant of a newscaster...another cartoon...dubbed into Hindi from Japanese...cricket...
All of that in less than 60 seconds...
I ask my 11 yr old son on what he is watching, and he gave me a good answer. He was 'Channel Surfing'. Sigh! Which today qualifies to be a legitimate activity.
Funny part is, even when we watch a good program, we tend to navigate away from it at first opportunity.
....we may be in the middle of a conversation or a meeting...but can't resist to see who sent the sms. (Clearly SMS can't be urgent...right?)
The age of instant information has created a huge attention deficit problem.
Look around you and you'll find that everybody is doing something + more.
Well we can always argue that the human brain can actually handle multiple tasks...we drive while we listen to radio. Or eat popcorn, while watching a movie.
Which is true, but for one distinction. Awareness Vs Focus.
We can be 'aware' of many things but focus is singleton.
There's passive information and stuff happening in the background, that you get bombarded with, but that doesn't really take away anything too much. However, there is active information that make you think and takes away your attention from task at hand.
So what's the down side, if you do indeed multi-task?
I think, two key problems tend to happen.
#1: We don't get to enjoy a good thing going.
#2: People feel short changed.
Would you really enjoy a good movie if you keep checking email every 10 mins?
There should be a very good reason, why you should stop a nice little conversation with your mom, to look at the SMS that just came in.
We show dis-interest in the current activity or person, when we switch away.
It is almost, as if we are looking for something else to do.
To be fair, a lot of this happens very involuntary but that's exactly the problem. We have almost gotten used to it so much that we have accepted it as part of the life.
It isn't supposed to be so.
Believe me, nothing different will happen if you check email at the end of the meeting.
....look at the sms after you are done talking to one person.
...don't check status of something while you are on vacation.
Enjoy what you are doing right now...without worrying about what may be happening else where.
Make the current conversation the most important conversation for this moment!
Everything else can wait. Really!