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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™…you’ll meet Gloria Mark, Ph.D., who studies how digital media impacts people's lives. Her research specifically covers how attention is affected by, and has changed, with the rise of the digital age. She’s found that attention span now averages 47 seconds on a screen—and even that’s shrinking.
As a Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at the University of California-Irvine researching human-computer interaction, Gloria examines how people handle multitasking, task-switching, interruptions, and emotions. Her new book “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity” looks at human technology use from a psychological perspective.
“In the thousands of hours that I have studied people in the course of their daily work, I have heard a common sentiment,” Gloria says in her book. “People report that they are overworked and exhausted because they have to deal with too much information and too many messages.”
This conversation gets into the science of attention, the stress it’s causing, plus real solutions for how you can regain focus with your personal technologies. You’ll learn:
- How to recognize the four main types of attention;
- What consequences of constant interruption do to your stress levels and productivity;
- How to achieve focus, rhythm and balance in a day filled with attention-switching;
- How to structure a flow state within your day; and
- What four things you can do to gain agency in the digital world.
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