Gringo view: Paying attention

The average American office worker now focuses on only one task for only three minutes. If you receive text messages, it diminishes your brainpower for the main thing you’re trying to focus on by 30%” and “it takes you on average 23 minutes to get back to the level of focus you had before you were interrupted.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) There is just no question that the technology that has made the smartphone ubiquitous has changed the world.

Whether the change is for better or worse is disputable. My own take is that there is some good news – all those apps that make life better, faster, safer, cheaper, and which our readers tell us they couldn’t live without -- and plenty of not so good news – that we may be becoming enslaved by all this technology.

A woman riding with me in the elevator the other day was so attention-disrupted by her ‘pings’ that . . .

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