Saturday, April 09, 2005

Attention, please. Distracted workers often fail to produce

"We're inundated with information, and we don't really know what to do with it all or how to process it," says Peter Freer, founder and chief executive officer of Play Attention, a funky new piece of technology that can retrain a brain to focus (I'll explain later). "It comes in cell phones, PDAs, faxes, e-mails, regular phones, radio and TV. Many of us have attention problems."

An estimated 8 million adult Americans struggle with the inattention disorders like attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School. But, they say, only 20 percent realize it.

Overworked employees are triply distracted and unproductive, says Paul Riley, a psychiatrist with St. Vincent Stress Center. "You are not focused," says Riley. "You make a lot of mistakes." (Via Indystar)

Busy Worker - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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