Jun 07

Multitasking and distractibility (and ADD, and…other stuff…)


My distraction test results, originally uploaded by NDeRC2.

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The Technology section in yesterday’s online New York Times Business Day featured an interesting article on gadgets, multitasking and distractibility. (Did I spell that right?) The article was featured in today’s Google Certified Teachers listserve, which is where I saw it. (It’s the CTC, not the NYTBD, btw, that’s on my daily reading list.) The article caught my attention, since I would have thought that if there were dangers in the area of gadgets and distraction, I’d be afflicted with them like Job.

Inserted into the text of the article was a distracting but really cool test of distractibility. I had to try it. My score is posted above…honestly, I didn’t much get the “distraction” part. The distractors were in BLUE, after all. The test takes less than 5 minutes, warmup-to-scored, so give it a try.

What do you think…are gadgets too distracting, or can they be woven into a rich and flowing pattern of life? Try the test, and remember to come back to comment.