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Death by Information Overload

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New research and novel techniques offer a lifeline to you and your organization.
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This article came from the Harvard Business Review. Paul Hemp also has a lot of experience with publications and corporate operations. This article focuses on information overload and how it affects attention in the workplace. There's a few tips for management at the end to reduce information overload as well. 

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Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It

Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It | Attention | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that “diminished attention” is a correct diagnosis of the intellectual temperament of our age. I see it to a greater degree each year even in the students I teach, who are among the very best that our high schools have to offer. But how to treat...
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This source is credible because it's from the well-known publication, Slate, and written by a psychology professor from Swarthmore University who most likely has research experience in the area of attention. While we like to blame the new attention crisis on media/technology, this article offers up a remedy: teach kids how to pay attention in school. It's funny that the author brings up Ted Talks--professors have begun assigning these 18 minutes long videos that forces students to pay attention much longer than they're used to, but in our class, as we found out, it was already hard to pay attention to a 5 minute video. Just like crap detection, paying attention is a skill that must be taught and learned in the classroom. Social media may be making these skills more necessary, but ultimately it's up to the teachers to provide students with the necessary practice and tools.

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Are You Multitasking Your Life Away? Cliff Nass at TEDxStanford - YouTube

Clifford Nass gleans powerful strategies to help people build relationships by watching what succeeds and what fails in human interfaces with technology. In ...
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Who better to talk about multitasking than the late Clifford Nass? For those who don't know, Clifford Nass was professor in Stanford's Communication Department whose research topics included media multitasking and human interaction with computers. Although he's well known for his research on the effects of multitasking on cognitive functions, this Ted Talk nicely ties in the relationship between multitasking, online time, and emotions. He also explains the theory of partial media displacement and why textual conversation isn't enough for us to learn about emotions. His Ted Talk does a nice job of walking the audience through how multitasking effects our social lives and what the implications are for younger kids.

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8 Startling Truths About Multitasking And Productivity

8 Startling Truths About Multitasking And Productivity | Attention | Scoop.it
Multitasking is not your friend. It's not helping you get more done – harming your brain and work. Here are 8 truths about multitasking and productivity.
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This blog post was great because it linked to a wide variety of sources to back its claims, although a few were a bit dramatic. Another thing that I liked about it was that it related well to blogging since Coschedule is a startup that focuses on content marketing. The post ends with a few tips, including links to tools, that can help you reduce your desire to multitask. I think it's pretty credible because it cites a lo of the facts and many of the sources are credible ones like NPR and Pew Research Center. 

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