Features

XXIII.6 November-December 2016
Page: 48
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Taking action on distraction


Authors:
Michael Biskjaer, Peter Dalsgaard, Kim Halskov

  Find a spartan room with a clear desk. Wear a pair of earplugs and over them noise-canceling, pink-noise-emitting headphones. Use a modified computer with no card for computer games and with the Ethernet port sealed to block Internet access. Now draw the curtains—and put on a blindfold. Then you have re-created what author Jonathan Franzen considered his distraction-free digital haven when he wrote his acclaimed novel The Corrections (2001).   Insights Extreme as this example may seem, it shows the lengths to which some individuals will go in order to fight what we consider an emerging trend in HCI:…




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