As human beings we are born with 5 senses. They are not mutually exclusive, the 5 of them can function at the same time, however for some reason it seems that they don’ t function fully when we try to use them simultaneously. To simplify it, let’s say that each sense can get a maximum grade of 100 when used at it’s full, however this doesn’t mean that when all the senses are working together they will sum up to 500 or multiply to 10,000. The sum will always be less than 500 as for some reason we don’ t seem to be able to fully use our five senses at the same time. Of course this is my personal theory as I am not a neuroscientist (not even close :P), and I am definitely not trying to solve some neuroscience mystery.
As human beings, we have limitations, we cannot do it all at the same time; and if we do we will definitely be missing on other things. Sometimes it is much better to focus our attention on one thing rather than dividing it between various stuff because the final result would always be worse. For instance, it is not possible to have a successful meeting and answer e-mails at the same time, or fully enjoy a meal while watching TV, or drive properly and talk over the phone. It is very important to know where to focus our attention and when. We all have the “Superhuman” symptom, and we think that we can do it all at the same time, but this is not really possible, and all the technology and gadgets that we have are not making this mission easier; they are pushing us to divide our attention all the time. How many times were you eating, listening to your ipod and answering your e-mails at the same time?
However, the bigger problem is not when you divide your attention between mundane stuff like your music and food, but when you are distracted when around important people or in front of critical situations. A new society sickness and a big attention diverter are smart phones. I leave you with this video that is self-explanatory. Take a minute to watch it, and think about the message.
So be trendy and disconnect to connect. Live the moment, and focus as much as possible on what you’ re doing, pay attention to the people around you, and make the best out of every moment in your life.
And you, what do you think?