|"Is anybody paying attention anymore?"|
Is anybody paying attention anymore? At a recent family gathering, the teens were "I'ming", the baby boomers were texting and the senior citizens were tweeting. Yes, tweeting -- the fastest growing users of the 140 character contact, Twitter is senior citizens. I've never seen so many thumbs in action in my life. I often tell my own family members. "Use your ears twice as much as your mouth, after all you have two of them." I have to say, I never spoke much about their thumbs. Seriously, is all this good? No one here is knocking technology. About a year ago in an interview on Getting Your Money's Worth, Maggie Jackson, author of DISTRACTED, highlighted this obsession we have with connecting. We said then, and we say now that the connecting wasn't focused, wasn't friendly and certainly isn't intimate; instead it is and feels stressful. A year later now, we hear about a movement to cultivate attention. That's right -- a movement to encourage paying attention or, in the lingo of the researcher, "to re-cultivate attention". And, one step further, researchers say: to provide a less-frenzied culture for our children. Sounds like what I used to say as Mom: "One thing at a time. When you do your homework, no TV and no telephone." If you agree to a return to paying attention to the task at hand, spread the word -- you know how.
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