These days, there is a lot of talk about the web generation, or Google generation, and their lack of ability to focus on any one thing in particular for too long. In fact, I have read articles that say people who grew up this way have their brains wired differently than people who did not!
However, I’m not so sure this is such a new concept. In fact, I think I have a continuous partial attention span issue myself! I’ve heard arguments for and against this way of thinking and working, and so I would like to present you with my own set of pros and cons on this subject:
- Managers and co-workers get an (almost) immediate response to their emails.
- There’s always lots of variety so you never feel bored!
- You can get multiple tasks done at the same time, so nothing has to “sit” or be put on hold.
- You don’t end up getting stuck on something. You can just put it down and go on to the next task.
- You get better and better at scanning through information and quickly identifying whether it’s relevant or not.
- You are constantly interrupted when researching or working on a project-based task.
- The above is a “con” in of itself because of the annoyance factor, but the interruptions can result in a lack of total focus on any one task at any one time.
- It can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed.
- You might end up taking a longer time to do a larger amount of work, than if you just focused on one task at a time. (What do you think about this point in particular?).
- It may cause a tendency towards rushing through tasks and spending less time on them than you really should.
So there you have 5 pros and 5 cons from my own experience. Do you have anymore to add, or any thoughts on this subject to offer?
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