Withered and twittered away, creativity and problem solving

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010

First our attention spans were lost to the continual and distracting flow of information that the internet brings, now the desire to remain constantly connected to the electronic flow of data is threatening our ability to think creativity and without interruption.

There has been much discussion about the value of the “creative pause” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.” This phenomenon is the seed of the break-through “a-ha!” moments that people so frequently report having in the shower. In these moments, you are completely isolated, and your mind is able to wander and churn big questions without interruption.

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