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Our Powerful and Fragile Attention

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:23 AM

Do you ever wonder what it is you're missing when you're focused on your smartphone? Or when you're focused on a memory? Or anxiously anticipating something coming up in the future?

The way we use our attention shapes and controls our reality. Magicians and thieves know this; it's why they...

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The Connected Life: From Email Apnea To Conscious Computing

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Eighty percent of us seem to have it. I broke the story about it in early 2008 on the Huffington Post, and called the phenomenon, "email apnea." Later in 2008, in talks and interviews, I referred to it interchangeably as "email apnea" and also, as "screen apnea."

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When a Video Game Is More Than a Video Game

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 3:56 PM

The power was out. I was en route from the U.K. via Los Angeles, back to Seattle, and staying with friends in LA for one night. Jet-lagged, I woke up at dawn and wandered out of the cozy, dark guestroom. In the next room, my friend's office and painting studio,...

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The End of the PC?

(20) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 1:28 PM

I'm a Neanderthal sitting in the audience at the Wall Street Journal D Conference. It's a sea of iPads and I have a MacBook Air in my lap. Steve Jobs is talking about the end of the PC era.

"When we were an agrarian nation, all cars, were trucks. But...

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Are We at War With Technology?

(5) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Technology is at the scene of the crime, but is it the real criminal in our lives? When we talk about information overload, it's as if we believe the information is committing the crime. When Nicholas Carr talks about "the web shattering focus and rewiring our brains," we turn the...

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What Is Dying To Be Born?

(7) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 9:40 AM

A few weeks ago, working through my inbox, I came across an email from Lianne Raymond, a coach and writer, living on Vancouver Island. An excerpt from her email:

I am asking you, as one of the women I look to for thought leadership, to contribute your idea...
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Mind and Body, War and Peace

(21) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:49 PM

I'm in the cutting room -- having a minor surgery. Minor, yes, with a resulting one and a half inch scar and a directive to avoid walking and exercise for the next three weeks. The doctor tells me risk of infection is high and there's not much I can do...

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Has the Internet Changed the Way We Think?

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2010 | 2:22 PM

Every year, John Brockman, a New York publisher, editor, author and agent, queries thought leaders and scientists with his annual question. This year's question: How has the internet changed the way you think?

Answers this year range from explorations into gray matter, to personal musings. My answer explores the tension...

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Life in Front of a Screen: Finding Your Rhythm

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 9:34 AM

Someone always stops me in the hall at a conference or asks anxiously after a talk: How much time should I spend in front of a screen? At what point should I pull back and take a break? Should I stop every 30 or 45 minutes?

My response is always...

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Why Email Can Be Habit-Forming

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 2:54 PM

Information overload. I don't think so. Blaming the information doesn't help us one bit.

Information over-consumption. That gets us to the heart of it. It's a twisty and dark tale of chronic stress, the autonomic nervous system and breathing.

Chronic stress causes us to fall back on familiar routines. The...

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TED: A Celebration of Ideas Worth Spreading

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 10:40 AM

This year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the TED Conference. Founded by Richard Wurman, TED, stands for Techonology, Entertainment, Design. In 2002, Chris Anderson, a successful entrepreneur, used his Sapling Foundation to purchase TED. While there are still threads of Technology, Entertainment and Design, many attendees this year suggested...

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Blackberry One: The World has Changed and We Must Change With it

(9) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 11:32 AM

We're obsessed. Not just with our own Blackberries -- we're also obsessed with Blackberry One, the President's Blackberry. We seem to care more about whether or not President Obama keeps his Blackberry than whether or not he quits smoking.

The Blackberry is a communication prosthetic and our new President, throughout...

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What Will Change Everything?

(8) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 10:15 AM

What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?

The Internet, television, antibiotics, automobiles, electricity, nuclear power, space travel, and cloning -- these inventions were born out of dreams, persistence, and imagination. What game-changing ideas can we expect to see in our lifetime?

As each...

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When Distraction is Good

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 12:33 PM

Distraction is getting a bad name.

This past month, I've been heads down on a few projects and noticing something I'd not been very conscious of before now. When I get "stuck" or when I reach a natural break point on a piece of work, the menu of potential distracters...

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Phone in the Toilet?

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 2:58 PM

My friend Sara sent me an email: "Linda, Sorry that I'm not able to call you back. My phone fell into the toilet."

We live in a world where phones can fall into toilets because our phones are following us everywhere. Untethered. Free. Free to fall into the toilet.


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Is it Time to Retire the Never-Ending List?

(10) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 6:21 PM

One afternoon, earlier this year, as I was scanning a long list that I was adding to endlessly, I realized, "I'll never get it all done. That's probably just fine. But this endless list and this feeling of being completely's not working right now."

I met some friends...

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Just Breathe: Building the case for Email Apnea

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 1:58 AM

I've just opened my email and there's nothing out of the ordinary there. It's the usual daily flood of schedule, project, travel, information, and junk mail. Then I notice...I'm holding my breath.

As the email spills onto my screen, as my mind races with thoughts of what I'll answer...

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Fine Dining with Mobile Devices

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2008 | 9:48 PM

People often say we're multi-tasking ourselves to death. Is that really what we're doing? I think not.

I call what we're doing today continuous partial attention, or cpa, for short.

Continuous partial attention and multi-tasking are two different attention strategies, motivated by...

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