"The disorientation everyone blames on “information overload” may in fact have less to do with the amount of data we are being asked to process than the number of simultaneous people we are being asked to be."
- (thenewinquiry via nathanjurgenson)
"Noise causes fatigue and may reduce productivity by up to 66%. Even *low* intensity noises have been shown to decrease willpower and discipline – even if they didn’t perceive stress from the noise. That’s the problem with noise. You’ll immediately shelter your eyes if there’s glare, but noises’ effects are almost always subconscious."
- Guest Post: How To Hack Your Environment For Maximum Learning
"Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me … they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone …. I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team."
- Steve Wozniak | The Rise of the New Groupthink
"Introverts are comfortable working alone — and solitude is a catalyst to innovation."
- The Rise of the New Groupthink
"The average American undertakes approximately 170 rituals a day—from shaking hands to picking up their cup of Starbucks. And even though no one gives them a thought, these rituals add up and shape our daily lives. What’s interesting is that the number is steadily increasing. People have added, on average, six new rituals to their portfolio over the past four years. The more stress we feel, the more rituals we carry out."
- What Apple Babies Reveal About Our Tech Routines — Fast Company
"iPhones are killing our discipline, killing our ability for solitude, and killing our ability to be bored."
- James Victore: Don’t Be A Design Zombie
Many believe it is easier to lie by text than by phone or in person, but emerging research indicates that’s not necessarily true.
We’ve always lied; new technologies are merely changing the ways and the reasons we lie. Witness the “butler lie,” a term coined by Cornell University researchers in 2009 to describe lies that politely initiate and terminate instant messaging conversations. (“Gotta go, boss is coming!”) Like butlers, they act as social buffers, telling others that we are at lunch when we are just avoiding them.
Being constantly reachable makes butler lies necessary to many people, and the Cornell researchers concluded in a subsequent study that ambiguities inherent in traditional texting also made them easier. Texters typically do not know when outgoing messages are read, where their recipients are or what they are doing.
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"Computer users with messy desktops are more likely to be liberal, educated city-dwellers who are career-minded and good at math, while those that keep their computer icons neat and tidy are more likely to be young tech-savvy suburbanites that say their personal life is more important than work."
- Computer Desktop Clutter Reveals Your Personality