Friday, October 3, 2008

Diffused Focus

Friday, October 3, 2008

Have you ever talked to a person who is evidently spacing out? He seems to be listening to you, mumbling the obligatory uh-huh during pauses and nodding at the right moments, but you feel that his mind is in an entirely different galaxy? Isn’t it maddening to try to talk to somebody who is also texting somebody else while glancing at his computer every so often while listening to music with his left ear and listening to what you have to say with his right? Wouldn’t it have felt so good if we can say to that person, “Hey buddy, can’t you focus your attention on me first?”

Wherever you are, be there.

It sounds like something we might read from a badly written self-help book. But trite or not, it does make sense. In this time-crunched, television-clicker lifestyle, multi-tasking and productivity-obsessed age, can we really be in just one place at one time? Or are we required to have the ability and the stamina to do things and be in several places at the same time? Perhaps it is not that we cannot focus anymore. But rather, we learned how to diffuse our focus on the countless different things that need our attention. We acquired the ability to be here, there and everywhere - all at the same time.


artemis said...

hm, I do strongly believe in focus and full attention. some people claim that they are just gifted with multi-tasking ability that is not present in those who cannot do two or three things at the same time, but when I see their works, sad to say, its usually half-baked. I get annoyed of people to whom I'm talking to while their attention are floating somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

CSMA/CD carrier sense multiple access with collision detection. that is diffused focus and you it works. :)

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