Last Sunday morning, I had the rare opportunity to learn first hand how it feels to have the attention span of a goldfish. Because I believe in being fully committed to my pursuits, I had surrounded myself with as many screens as I could find and had them each engaged with a different task. In total, my laptop was opened to Imgur, my iPad was logged on to Facebook, an incredibly old iPod touch I had dug out of my closet was set playing 90's music through a single earbud, the television was tuned to Arrested Development on Netflix, and my antiquated flip phone was flipped open to a half-finished text. My mind was almost completely numb from the overstimulation of it all. I was completely tuned in and zoned out, unsure of where to focus my attention and certain that I was only picking up about a hundredth of the information that was bombarding me from every angle. It was an overwhelming experience, but I learned a few things: a) It is indeed possible to have too many screens going at once, b) Arrested Development has way more Easter eggs that I remember, and finally c) I still have no idea what half of the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are, or what they mean.
previous online posting, this dynamic is perhaps best expressed by the famed cultural critic Armin van Buuren: "Everyone is connected, but no one is connecting."