Social Media at Work: Turn on, tune in, or drop out?

Last month in a post about working in The Zone I noted how the multitude of distractions on a typical computer screen can impact our ability to focus. This seems particularly so for tasks like programming that require high concentration.

But many working environments expect programmers – and other staff – to respond quickly at any time to email, IM, phone calls and more.  I am reminded of my recurring experience in one company.  I would receive phone calls or message along the lines of this.

“I sent you an email 5 minutes ago and you haven’t responded.  What’s up?”

What I would think… “if I checked every email instantly then I’d get barely any work done.”

What I would actually say… usually something diplomatic.

So I when a relevant article on attentive disruption arrived I had to delve further.

Read on…