The Web is Shattering Focus

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Continuous Partial Attention

Linda Stone (born 1955) is a writer and consultant who coined the phrase "continuous partial attention" in 1998.[1] Stone also coined "email apnea" in 2008 which means "a temporary absence or suspension of breathing, or shallow breathing, while doing email."[2]

Stone was at Apple Computer from 1986 to 1993, working on multimedia hardware, software and publishing. In her last year at Apple, Stone worked for CEO John Sculley on special projects. In 1993, Stone joined Microsoft Research under Nathan Myhrvold and Rick Rashid. She co-founded and directed the Virtual Worlds Group/Social Computing Group, researching online social life and virtual communities. During this time, she also taught as adjunct faculty in New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. In 2000, she became a Microsoft vice president, working on industry relationships and improving Microsoft's corporate culture. She left Microsoft in 2002.

Stone served a six year term on the National Board of the World Wildlife Fund and is currently on the WWF National Council. She is an adviser for the Internet and American Life Project, the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force for the Center for Worklife Policy, and is on the Advisory Board of the RIT Lab for social computing.

Stone has been written about in many major publications, including Wired, the New York Times, and Forbes According to Tim O'Reilly, Science Foo Camp, a series of interdisciplinary scientific conferences organized by O'Reilly Media (FOO stands for "Friends of O'Reilly") and Nature Publishing Group was Linda Stone's idea.[3]

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Linda stone

N Carr

Web is shattering focus

It’s I this body it’s in this sensing and feeling that intelligence reallylies

To a period of self actualization

Persona tech as prosthetic for the mind

Celebrating Thimphu and doing

Integrate sending and feeling

Human potential attention, emotion, regulTjon, cognition, memory( Sofia emotions jyelliyencr

The quantified self ad self regulating technology

We started in schools to measure shut that didn’t matter

Glen in the economist

Freedom – Fred stutsman – don’t let me go to the Internet – don’t let me go to my network.

My sensing and feeling body is governed by my tyrant mind. The computer today is a prosthetic of the mind. Not sensing and feeling

But there’s nothing for the sensing and feeling body

— an alternative

Autonomic regulation

Sympathetic nervous system

Attention erosion -

People are not breating at the computer

Shen we feel threatened

We become hyperviligant / and body feels sourced for flight or flight.

We don’t beware because computer males us feeling fight or flight

When you’re in fight or flight, you have the tendency to consume carbohydrates

If one chooses carbohydrate or sugars they’re autonomically disregulated

Breath holding decreases lifespan, cognitive capabilities

Two ways to achieve autonomic regulation

Think positive emotion

Wear while using email

Sitting slouched

Email apnea

We are cutting the stuff that makes us human


Impulsive – we become impulsive

If you come to my house and visit me, you can become my research subject

Omo – kelly Dobson

Regulates breathing

Clay Johnson is writing a book similar to this

If our bodies are smarter than our minds / we can use the same techniques to keep pour minds healthy as put minds healthy,

So a low information diet. A low stress diet. Informantion dieting. Healthy attention fitness. How do you keep a level of attention fitness?

Posit science a set of neuro brain training games. Developed programs for kids – used

The geeks seem to be getting fitter

Because they have more mobile tech and goals – and so they’re climbing rock walls.

When you have an intention, which is in the present, then you can change how you think.

Emwave – fun tool for trying to calm down

Alleges searle-laBel

Our bodies are our minds – when we understand that.

Mike tyke

University of Washington

A lost and found for ideas


Sent from my external prosthetic device.