Poor concentration is a modern condition. According to research by Microsoft, our average attention span is now just eight seconds – one second shorter than a goldfish!
And technology is heavily implicated. The neuroscience of digital distraction proposes that digital systems, rather than adding efficiency, could be causing an attention crisis in modern society.
‘If digital is a culture and a thread that now runs through every single part of our schools and colleges,’ observes NEAS General Manager Ana Bratkovic, ‘then you’ll want to turn your addiction to distraction into “focus”, a concept some are now describing as the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.’
‘It’s time to push the boundaries on outdated workplace practices and explore new ways to inspire and engage digitally connected staff and students, and drive innovation and creativity,’ said Ana.
And who better to start us on that journey to reclaiming our brain in an age of digital distraction than Linda Ray, the 2018 opening academic plenary speaker at our NEAS Management Conference.
Linda is a renown thought leader, speaker, entrepreneur and “scientist of her own experience.” For the past 11 years, Linda has pioneered the spread and practical application of neuroscience to leadership and organisational development.
Linda will invite us to reflect on how digital distractions are preventing us from good decision making and innovative thinking. She will give practical tips on how to coach your brain to stay focused in the age of digital distractions. It’s an opportunity to reclaim your brain!
Linda’s neuresource group venture is changing the way we lead and operate in an era of the ‘neuro-revolution’. She will help us to challenge the disconnect between what we do and what science shows, and to explore “new ways to make sense of the science to continually build Wildly Wonderful Workplaces that inspire and engage staff and drive innovation and creativity.”
Places are still available for the 2018 NEAS Management Conference, so click here now to register to learn how you can reclaim your brain as we journey beyond the digital revolution in ELT: https://www.neas.org.au/2018-conference-register/
A final thought. Apparently, the average person shifts their attention between their smartphone, tablet and laptop up to 21 times an hour.
An unsettling revelation, but also exciting. If you’re anything like others in the digitally disrupted paradigm and couldn’t read all this article without being distracted by social media or opening a new tab in your browser, then you definitely don’t want to miss Linda Ray’s opening academic plenary at the NEAS Management Conference on Thursday 10 May!