Continuous Partial Attention

Today’s On Point (a production of WBUR and NPR) featured a segment on business jargon, its evolution, and what jargon says about its creators, users, and the economy.

One of the phrases discussed was “continuous partial attention,” meant to reflect the effect of myriad technologies which grapple for our attention on a daily basis. As I regularly find myself in situations which induce this state, I found the term quite apropos and worth at least a cursory mention (anything more would require more attention than I can muster).

This was just one of the many examples discussed during the hour-long program. You can listen to the entire discussion here.