Just finished watching a Ted talk about social media and it’s design to keep your attention engaged at a certain location—facebook, Ted, YouTube and Netflix. For most of us this is the auto play or the stream additions that pop up in Facebook. This dovetailed nicely with another talk about how the algorithms will feed you more extreme versions of what you were initially watching to gauge your interest. I can certainly see this in the feeds of friends I follow before and after the election and made me hyperaware of when it happened to me.
And while I think anyone with a working brain can see what a time suck social media is, I didn’t realize the impact it can have elsewhere (other than realizing my friends had idiotic tendencies when they didn’t agree with me:P)
Apparently, it takes an average of 20 minutes to focus after being distracted.
Every time those text message notification ring.
Every time those newsfeed updates chime.
Every time there’s a comment on a post I make.
I think I’m going to turn off those push notifications. But then I worry about missing something important from my family. Hmmm. I’ll just tell them to call:D I’ll answer the phone if I recognize the number. LOL
Until next time