Distracted: The New News World and the Fate of Attention

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p26
The author offers opinions on time management and its social implications. The commonly used term "multitasking" is seen as insufficient to describe the almost infinite number of distractions and conflicting duties created by modern life. Research on youth as news consumers is cited to show that the explosion of sources of information created by the Internet has had the paradoxical effect of making youth less able and likely to follow news precisely because it requires them to pursue it in so many directions. The added stress created by fragmented time management and subsequent lack of focus and concentration is seen as a major social problem.


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