How cutting-edge technology can harm our ability to perform

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    I've worked as a software developer for more than 30 years and can attest to the deleterious effect of media distractions, in many forms, in the last 15 years or so.

    One example occurred in a company at which I worked several years ago. I was astounded at the nonchalance with which many of my younger software developer colleagues would spend time playing around with their cell phones, or browsing the web, or doing just about **anything** other than whatever software development tasks they were assigned. Because I maintained my practice of diligence and dedication to my tasks, I would routinely finish them only to be then assigned some task that should have been completed by one of these slackers.

    Needless to say, the problem is not reserved to the field of software engineering. I'm sure that more than a few of my frustrating experiences interacting with some sort of telephone support personnel have been made more frustrating because of their distractions while talking to me.