Distractive Technology

A Reuters article reports today that Americans have become less productive on account of distractive technologies.

Unlike a decade ago, U.S. workers are bombarded with e-mail, computer messages, cell phone calls, voice mails and the like, research showed.

Put another way, in 1994, 82 percent said they accomplished at least half their daily planned work but that number fell to 50 percent last year. A decade ago, 40 percent of workers called themselves very or extremely successful, but that number fell to just 28 percent.

“We think we’re faster, smarter, better with all this technology at our side and in the end, we still feel rushed and our feeling of productivity is down,” said Maria Woytek, marketing communications manager for Day-Timers, a unit of ACCO Brands Corp.

The last point seems key. The study did not actually claim that productivity is down, but rather that one’s opinion of productivity has decreased compared to rising expectations. Nonetheless, the dangers are real. So, turn off your email and phone when you really need to focus on a task, and get off that blog editor!

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