As our lives become increasingly saturated with digital distractions, how do you know which ones should take priority? Let’s say you’re reading an email and all of a sudden you receive a message on Skype or Twitter: which is more worthy of your attention? Or what would you do if your landline and mobile phone started ringing at the same time? Now imagine a text message comes through. These situations could make even the most digitally savvy veteran ready to short-circuit!
So David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful put together this Hierarchy of Digital Distractions to follow. In McCandless’ chart, distractions are prioritized by importance starting from reflexive messages like email to mysterious distractions via mobile calls to the ultimate digital pain and sounds when our devices fail (or run out of battery).
The next time your digital distractions flare up, this chart could come in handy:
You can also view McCandless’ chart at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
What would you read first if you received a message on Facebook and Twitter at the same time?