How I Use It: Advantages of Google Inbox

When discussing the pros and cons of email as a communication medium, we typically start with some fundamental assumptions. An email inbox is a long chronological archive of messages. Messages are either read or unread, and after reading you can keep them in your archive or delete them. Over the years, our email experience has […]

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Continuous Partial Attention on the Social Web: Beneficial or Dangerous?

In today’s environment of constant connectivity, we routinely slog through multiple tasks in a single session. Blinking notifications pull us away from whatever we had been doing to something more pressing. We surf the web by opening up multiple browser tabs and scrolling back and forth between various articles, email accounts, social media streams and other types […]

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Can Our Mobile Devices Enhance, Not Distract Us From, Our Surroundings?

Recently, we looked at location-based mobile apps and their ability to allow us to interact with our surrounding environment. Examples of this trend include “checking in” to a business, finding other people nearby or redeeming a special deal. Beyond possible issues with surveillance and ad targeting, this business of walking around using our smartphones raises another crucial […]

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How to Be a Good Monotasker: Rejecting the Pull of Multitasking

Multitasking has become a way of life and is often believed to be a great strategy to get more done in less time, especially when aided by new technological tools. But a growing body of research is showing that multitasking is in most cases a myth or a delusion that we harbor. The vast majority […]

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What Are the Best Free Websites for Learning and Productivity?

Q: What are some of the best free online resources for education and productivity? (If you came from the eBook and have a website to suggest, skip ahead to the comments!) Today, there are tons of fascinating knowledge collections available for free on the open web. You can learn all about a new subject, acquire […]

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How to Avoid Internet Distractions and Stay Productive Online

Q: I love reading blogs and using social networks, but I also need to do work on my computer and I just can’t stay productive! Do you have any tips for avoiding distractions? With distractions of all types just a single click away, completing tasks online in a timely manner can sometimes seem impossible today. […]

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