Bored and Brilliant

Title: Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
Author: Manoush Zomorodi
Author's Background: Host of Note To Self podcast



There is no question that we are at an unprecedented point in history, where our attention is in hot demand. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, mobile consumers now spend an average of two hours and fifty-seven minutes each day on mobile devices and about eleven hours a day in front of a screen. Although we don’t know if all this screen time will have loner-term harmful effects, we know technology is changing us (and it’s unclear whether it’s for the better).

Golden Krishna, a expert in user experience who currently works on design strategy at Google, astutely pointed out [...] that the only people who refer to their customers as “users” are drug dealers — and technologists.

Having worked for innovation labs at Samsung and Zappos, Krishna witnessed firsthand this shift in priorities from the historic definition of design as “solving people’s core problems in an elegant way” to adding other features that “intentionally get you hooked.”

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