Saturday, April 23, 2005

Email worse than the wacky-tabacky

Apparently email (and other forms of electronic communication such as IM and SMS) is worse for your attention span and concentration than cannabis, according to a study reported in this story on the Guardian

You know, I can't help but think that they might be on to something here. I mean, there's nothing worse than that new mail sound going "ping!" right in the middle of something. I'm the type of person who won't wait to see what it is, I'll just have to know what has just come in otherwise that's all I think about...

Who could have emailed me?
What do they want?
Will it be interesting?

...and so on and so forth.

Ok. So we open the email. Most of the time it's just someone at work who has emailed me. Most of the time it's just another job they'd like me to do. Most of the time I'd rather not have to do the job, but would rather just get on with what I'm doing now. So as you can see, answering an email is often a traumatic experience.

I'm not sure that there is any way around it though. Email is an important and critical part of everyday life these days. All those hundreds of thousands of messages zipping around the world are really very useful sometimes.

I just wish that there weren't people like one person I know who will send you an email and wander up to you 2 mins later to ask "Did you get my email?"

That sorta annoys me.

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