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Multi-tasking or a single minded focus?

Arrived in Singapore earlier today and I am in major culture shock after being in Manila the last year!  Took a walk out to Orchard Road this evening.  Pictures to follow since we will be here two weeks. Lately, I have noticed my difficulty in focus–I think it has been related to just doing too much and being available too often.  With no cell phone here, I will be less available altho if I can get the wireless working in our room, that will keep us connected.  But, I am looking forward to getting some down time from the pressures of always mult-tasking and seemingly to never get the important things done.  So, the following article seems appropriate. 

From The myth of multi-tasking by Christine Rosen

To Chesterfield, singular focus was not merely a practical way to structure one’s time; it was a mark of intelligence. “This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.”

multitasking. Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now shorthand for the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible, as quickly as possible, preferably marshalling the power of as many technologies as possible.

In 2005, the BBC reported on a research study, funded by Hewlett-Packard and conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, that found, “Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.”

A generation of great technical facility and intelligence but of extreme impatience, unsatisfied with slowness and uncomfortable with silence: “I get bored if it’s not all going at once, because everything has gaps—waiting for a website to come up, commercials on TV, etc.” one participant said

Compare these with Jean Pierre de Caussade who discusses living in the present moment!

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