Comments on: E-mail is Making You Stupid http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/ Grow your own Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:32:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: papercutpm http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1760 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:59:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1760 I have to side with rror a little here. It’s up to each person to responsibly manage their own communications. It’s true, e-mail, text messages, instant messages all alert us to a new communication in real time. However, it’s up to us to respond to those alerts at an appropriate moment.

If you’re concentrating on something, you don’t have to answer your e-mail or check your blackberry until a time when it’s convenient. In fact, it’s not 1995 anymore…by now we should be globally a little more aware of the fact that technology interrupts us, and manage ourselves accordingly.

We control the technology–not the other way around. Unless of course, we choose for it to control us. But that’s up to the individual–and their management.

http://edge.papercutpm.com

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By: drewbie http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1725 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:56:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1725 So, e-mail makes me less productive, not stupid.

Great headline.

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By: bridgeport http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1716 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:41:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1716 Very, very true. Watch in an elevator. Does anyone speak or is everyone looking at their device of choice. Try this:

www.missioncontrol.com

I did this and it really helped.

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By: rror http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1713 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 23:58:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1713 Email has also become an excuse for weak managers to sit in their office under the self-deceptive impression that they are busy getting a lot of work done, when in fact they are just blowing smoke by dumping a lot of junk on others.

Some people actually get promoted for answering a lot of emails. Forget about actually executing tangible work activities.

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By: pilgrimson http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1709 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 20:04:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1709 There are many unintended consequences of the internet, some of which are harmful, including dumbing down the ability to communicate. Also, the USPS has been seriously impaired by the loss of first class mail due to e-mail.

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By: nftdnotes http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1708 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 20:00:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1708 Twice reading this article I interrupted myself to check e-mails…

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By: JeffreyH http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1707 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 19:17:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1707 Several years ago, when I was at a small research firm, we recognized the “power of interruption”. The researchers and analysts, up against tight delivery dates for mentally demanding reports, were losing their minds and precious time due to frequent interruptions. Interruptions also opened them up to additional distractions, and recovery time was significant. We put into place a few simple signaling rules (e.g., signs on office doors with availability time, “busy” status on instant messenger) and expectations for respecting those signals. It made an extraordinary difference and allowed us to grow our project volume by 300% in a six month time period with only a 100% increase in staff. and everyone felt more satisfaction in being able to complete projects with less homework.

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By: juliastewart http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1706 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 19:06:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1706 Success in the future will go to those who develop successful strategies for managing information overload. We can’t afford to be passive about it. We need to observe which communications and reminders help and which get in the way. For instance, I find IM and texting to be a distraction and only give out my contact info to a precious few. On the other hand, I found this blog post via Google Alerts. When it works FOR us, technology is indeed wonderful.

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By: fred5407 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1703 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 17:39:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1703 Coming from an engineering perspective this article is something I realized 10 years ago. Good decisions take concentration and productive work takes all the effort of the person doing the work. Again we have been led astray by some people who had very little business knowledge and wanted two days work for the price of one. The sad part is that our children are learning this method and not learning what they are supposed to in school. Isn’t technology wonderful?

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By: BB1978 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2010/03/02/e-mail-is-making-you-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-1700 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 15:56:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=1857#comment-1700 As someone who finds myself spending more and more time responding to e-mails, I could not agree more with this article. There are some days where 20% of my day is spent answering e-mails.

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