Interruptions are Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

October 4, 2006 at 7:57 am | Posted in Attention Management, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Most everything written on interruptions starts from the assumption that interruptions are a bad thing. So I found it interesting to find this quote which shows the pure positive point of view of interruptions. It’s correct of course. While it’s the bad interruptions that we remember, if your house was burning down you would certainly want to be interrupted.

Here is a quote from interruptions.net/about.htm

Many organizations, therefore, purposefully introduce technologies into their workplace that deliver dynamic information and increase the frequency of interruptions. They hypothesize that increasing interruption frequency can increase the volume of useful information available about dynamic activities and consequently improve people’s coordination performance.

By the way, if you want to see links to 500+ references on interruption research (!) check out the link under “literature” on their page.

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