Re: throw another distraction log on the IT pyre Some say it’s important that we make decisions to prevent students from using technology or to pull back from this tide.  There’s no question that this onslaught of information is getting larger. It seems like it’s more important to teach people when to pull back, to learn to set boundaries for themselves and to focus on making smart decisions on and around productivity. Adam

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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:26:41 -0500
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Conversation: throw another distraction log on the IT pyre
Subject: throw another distraction log on the IT pyre

all this technology making things better, where are my clogs?


"According to Basex <> , a research firm focusing on the knowledge economy, interruptions from e-mail, cell phones, instant messaging, text messaging, and blogs eat up nearly 30 percent of each day; on an annualized basis, this represents a loss of 28 billion hours for the entire U.S. workforce, or a $588 billion cost to the American economy. "

"A 2006 research study conducted among sales and marketing teams at Intel indicated that 54 percent of those surveyed believed e-mail had a negative impact on their stress levels. And a number of other studies show that productivity-enhancing hardware and software has helped heighten distraction and discontinuity in the workplace at the expense of critical and creative thinking--as well as constructive collaboration. "