During my US trip, as I walked through the train and looked at people around in the conference, I could not but help notice that so many of them were just looking at their Screens. Laptops, mobiles, iPads, Kindles, and so on. Screens have become the centre of our lives – and we are giving up a lot as we move attention away from our surroundings.
I know we can all multi-process and all that. But, it is not the same thing. Focused attention on a speaker at a conference requires putting the Screen away. Losing oneself in the world of natural beauty that passes outside the train window requires putting the Screen away. At least for some moments, we should immerse ourselves in the Moment that matters rather then that email that needs to be answered or the website that needs to be surfed.
In some ways, I am still of the old school of thought wherein I like chunky time to think – that is becoming harder with interruptions aplenty from emails, SMSes, status updates, tweets, etc. Maybe our brains will rewire to make us productive with all these parallel tasks. But until that happens, I want to minimse the micro-moments in my life!