Friday, November 30, 2012

Byte Suckers: How endless browsing kills attention

I have come to detest my habit of browsing endlessly for news, articles and cross-interest scanning of social media streams across laptop, mobile and tablets. At the end of the day, there is still no tiredness. In fact the more hours I stay up to work the satiation for sucking more bytes increases. Looks like it is more addictive than nicotine.

What this does to me is nothing comprehensible. True to the nature of bytes all that is consumed is binary form most of them garble my memory. Given the side effects of distractions, makes me rude to answer partners or fellow colleagues while scanning posts and not looking up, and in the end meaningless meanderings to prolong work which otherwise could have allowed me to spend time with my kids.

Why am I confessing this ? Don't know. Could be a start to move free from being a byte sucker to a meaningful information seeker and plant myself with few trusted knowledge providers and be watching their intellectual space.

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