Flow is a term used to describe a feeling of "intense and focused concentration on what one is doing in the present moment, a merging of action and awareness, and an experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding".
Flow describes the experience of being completely immersed in a single activity. It is similar to Unitasking, but involves a specific physiological feeling of being in harmony with one's tools or project. This state is thus very cyborg-like, as one often enters a flow state through the use of a piece of technology. In addition, those experiencing a state of flow may lose their sense of time, "typically, a sense that time has passed faster than normal". Those experiencing a state of flow sometimes refer to it as being "in the moment" or "wired in". The term was first coined by Hungarian psychology professor Mihály Csíkszentmihályi.
- Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály and Jeanne Nakamura. The Concept of Flow. In the Handbook of Positive Psychology by C. R. Snyder and Shane J. Lopez. Oxford University Press. 2001. Pg. 90.