This week I decided to design a task to understand the distraction rate of myself versus my boyfriend.
How I did it:
- Whilst watching Netflix, I timed a 10 minute time period and noted down the number of times my boyfriend looked at his phone.
- Whilst writing a previous blog post, I set a timer for 10 minutes and drew up a tally for how many times I went to check my phone/email/got up to do something else.
I guess for me, it may have been rigged a little as I knew that I was being watched, where as for my boyfriend, I didn’t ask him until after the experiment if I could use him as an example or not.
As stated in the lecture this week, “Attention involves the allocation of cognitive resources to deal with multiple inputs at once”. During my experiment, I explored this thought whilst investigating under the platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Netflix. As technology is growing, the adaptation of these platforms- and adapting to multiple devices at once is leading to altered attention spans.
Whilst my boyfriend only checked Facebook a number of 4 times during the 10 minutes, I managed to check Facebook 2 times and Instagram 4 times… (I may be a little obsessed).
I was either that, or the fact that maybe he was more interested in the TV show in Netflix than I was…
The outcome may have been different if I wasn’t consciously aware of my attention span!