A recent article from software developer Trello, suggests that from learning space to conference hall, the bottom line is that there is a difference between multitasking and “task switching.” The distractible mind…a few thoughts from Clerkenwell Design Week #CDW18.
The creative director of a UK furniture company argues that ” it may be a good idea to realise the importance of finding more nuanced and diverse models for how and where we use our great technology tools, and how and where we interact with each other ” (G. Taylor, “That’s not a stick that’s a log” Cardiff,2018)
The Harvard Business Review has a report on the “loneliness epidemic” exacerbated by remote working and open plan workplaces. Mobile technology can free us from the desk, but perhaps the our creativity, reasoning and decision making is adversely affected by the resulting loneliness (https://hbr.org/cover-story/2017/09/work-and-the-loneliness-epidemic)
To put this in context for City, Digital Awareness UK is a leading online safety organisation and their recent report states that 63% of school children would not mind if social media did not exist. These are our future students. (The Guardian/Digital Awareness UK Oct 2017) Being aware of how technology can enforce changes to our rapidly evolving lifestyles. There is a need to be more mindful in how we use technology, particularly in a GAFA world, Google – Apple – Facebook – Amazon.
Perhaps the solution is to be more innovative in the design of our learning and work environments, to become more restorative places, designed by humans for humans.