Random thoughts for a friday evening. Everyone wants to talk and text and slack and message and blather and its all right NOW and REACTIVE and IMMEDIATE. What happened to thinking through things before make declarations? What happened to problem solving, instead of posturing?
Maybe its always been this way, but today I just find it more grating than usual.
The statistic I always here is like this bit from a NY Times piece in 2013...
Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine, found that a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption, while it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption. But there has been scant research on the quality of work done during these periods of rapid toggling.
Well with tools like Slack added to the mix of constant dings and beeps and pesters... along with open offices, no cubes and constant "collaborating" I feel like its been way too long since I've had a meaningful, in depth conversation with someone about how to design to solve a real problem.
It's all fires, and responding and grand standing and hem hawing and well... mindless really. I miss the days when designing felt like each time was a change to really solve something for someone. To make someone's moment memorable and meaningful. Now it all looks the same and talks the same and follows the same trends because no one is spending any real time thinking. It's all bots and messages and beeps and reactions.
Insert angry emoticon here.