The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions

You probably don’t realise it but certain activities automatically grab your attention. Say, for example, you’re reading an email, and you receive a new Facebook message — your focus immediately shifts to Facebook. Now let’s say, while you’re replying to the Facebook message, one of your Twitter updates gets retweeted — now you’re looking at that instead. Wait, a new text message. Hold on, someone’s calling you on your phone. While that’s happening, your iPad makes a loud noise.

How do you know which to ignore? Can you even squeeze any actual work in? This is where David McCandless’ Hierarchy of Digital Distractions come in. You know, for reference — in case you forget.

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  1. Buffet
    January 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    With obvious exclusion of e-mail, I don't use any of the rubbish listed in the pyramid! I prefer instead......real life, i.e. real interaction with real people and places, rather than living vicariously through all that bullshit.
    Same goes television.
    Think about it folks. Wasn't life more fun before when you looked at the real world, instead of mindlessly staring at a screen?

  2. Kypros V
    January 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    So True :)

  3. Whatsuser
    January 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    what about whatsapp???

  4. Philip G
    January 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Were is MUO of this

  5. bardwso
    January 2, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Came to respond to the article and there is a huge ad for Asian lovers and friends-with a free trail taking up screen space.

    Guess I got distracted.