“It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to have a conversation without checking the iPhone. It’s hard to go to a shrink and spend a few minutes on the couch and not need to see what’s happening…. It’s even hard to finish a thought.”
That is a quote from the article A creative retreat in the digital age (by John Lopez, the Los Angeles Times) from author Gary Shteyngart , whose “Super Sad True Love Story” “imagines a dystopian future eerily reminiscent of our present world, one in which invasive social networking threatens his characters’ sanity and their souls.
“To research the book, the reserved novelist had to break down and buy an iPhone.”
The article has a number of other perspectives, such as:
“His recent studies have demonstrated how chronic multitaskers are unwilling or unable to focus on one thing, even when they are required to. His research has convinced Nass that such divided attention spans adversely affect creativity. ‘Creativity is hard work. It’s focus. Really struggling with a thought, rather than lying back and letting it just appear.’”
Chris Coy, in the MFA program at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts, comments: “The Internet is our existence now, and it is our duty to question the use of it — artists can help to facilitate ways of showing that.”
In her FastCompany / Work Smart post Stop Multitasking and Start Doing One Thing Really Well, Gina Trapani warns, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can multitask jobs that need your full attention… You’re juggling. When you juggle tasks, your work suffers AND takes longer–because switching tasks costs.”