Why are people so distracted at work?
Impact of distractions on stress level
- Duration 4:04
- Date Dec 13, 2012
Impact of distractions on stress level
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But ever field.
Especially at work -- Even at home especially this time a year like -- so much going on between text messaging the phone calls and emails and Skype.
That you simply can't focus -- it turns out we are distracted.
A lot office workers are interrupted every.
Three minutes and it may take as more than 23 minutes.
To get back on track to that original task that's just one said he relaxed peanuts and author that city with that's Gloria mark as a professor.
At digital behavior at the University of California Irvine we're gonna talk to her about her said he and doctor keep apple is back with us because doctor -- realize we -- need a lot of help.
And what and we need you encourage it to act at this time a year Don I don't let that doctor -- first -- steady distraction you.
Why why we so distracted is -- other people is it not our fault doctor mark I guess that's -- question.
Why I would say that never before in history have we had access to more people.
And more information at our fingertips.
And so it's that the better questions why would we not be distracting.
So it's it's really a question of having the proliferation so much digital information.
Enabled to us.
Well it has helped obviously didn't -- the digital age has helped increase productivity in this country but when you get all of these updates coming actually and you know FaceBook and Twitter and everything else.
Does it actually.
Well it's it's really -- an open question at the fitting that we know is that stress goes out.
We know that when people are multitasking a lot when -- interrupted a -- they have a significant increase since straps.
And we also know that too much stress impacts productivity so we have to think about half a fine balance.
Between you you need a little bit of stress right to keep us Sharon to meet those deadlines.
And agreed to -- your -- advisory doctor mark you are saying that sometimes a little bit -- stress.
-- make -- more productive but as you mention you wanna go over the tipping points -- that were so stressed out that we can't get any work done under stress note.
Doctor out -- -- -- -- What are we -- especially during the holidays how do we maintain.
Our sanity because it's easy to feel like a maniac.
Absolutely and sooner or later Jenna what we're gonna find out that people start taking holidays from technology because they're going to have to.
Whether that means that you literally put your cell phone in a box when you walk in the door at home.
Or you only look added certain times during the day the bottom line is that this level of distraction and stress is only going to increase.
The fictional as -- nation of our lives we're in.
Everybody thinks he or she is a reality TV show posting.
Partly fictitious by the way often FaceBook profiles tweeting out everything you do like your rock star which you're not.
And by the way thinking that you're so important that you better check email every second -- -- work -- getting your work.
It is and this guy's lying to be a reality start it pretty well taken our rock star that we don't -- and if -- thing.
As back -- here's the thing you know it.
Ben Franklin Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein didn't have email bit -- that tweeters whenever a winner.
And they did just fine for us.
The bottom line is that this is distracting in this conveys people away from themselves it is a drug it's no different.
Then cocaine or any other drug of abuse I promise you because a lot of people will say.
This is bad for me I don't want to do this anymore and they'll tweet that out like.
It's almost irresistible had a formula for disaster.
-- -- -- viewers a look at doctor marks work because she actually took people off email.
And found out what happened to them for a few days to doctor Marc Nathan had a doctor -- thanks for the tips I think.
Let's try to put down the crisis and we -- email me later yet totally pleased got you had to get into it and use.