Monday, June 7th, 2010

Take These Tests While You're Reading This Post

I can do  both!There's a big article in the Times this morning on the pressing issue of the moment: Computers Are They Making Us More Distracted And Etc.? (Clay "Nuh Uh" Shirky and Nicholas "Oh Yeah" Carr held forth on the same subject this weekend in the Journal.) Anyway, as all things must these days, the Times piece is accompanied online by two tests, one which measures your distractibility, the other of which sees how quickly you are able to switch between tasks. I took 'em both and kicked some serious ass even though I was actually reading the article in the print edition of the paper at the same time. I felt pretty good about myself for a second until I realized that here I was, reading the newspaper while taking a test on the Internet about whether or not "information addiction" is changing the way we process information, and you know what? Well played, you bastards. Well played indeed.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

I just won $15,000 in an online poker tournament while reading your post, which is about which again?

Zack (#2,609)

Oh, Wow, this reminds me of [user has logged off]

shelven (#1,992)

I don't like being tested in an environment that doesn't give me the opportunity to lord the results over my peers. Also — is it BETTER to multitask successfully or concentrate on one task? Which is my optimal intellect for Globe 3.0? So many flaws in this project, NYT.

Lording the results over my peers is why I have a Tumblr.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

2 blue=92%, 6 blue=100%.

??! One would think it would be the inverse, but obviously it has something to do with how your eye singles out the information that your brain wants.

Kinda like speed-reading. (Not that I know how to do that.)

I did the opposite. Obviously our brains have been differently wired.

C_Webb (#855)

@AY, I got 2 blue 83%, 6 blue 100%. This makes no sense to me.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

More bullshit = sharper ability to tune it out. …uh, sure! That's about right!

KarenUhOh (#19)

Gosh, I didn't know 7 was a consonant.

Hydroceph (#662)

Hmmm, a distractibility test. I gave up on question three. I figured that between cleaning the kitchen, making bread, getting my son fed, and pushing my husband out the door i was distracted enough with…wait, what?

NinetyNine (#98)

Well, that settles it: I'm really good at Brain Age.

MParcells (#375)

Oh Jesus, modernity is not for me.

Hydroceph (#662)

What about post-modernity? Perhaps that might be more to your liking?

Mindpowered (#948)

Letter & Numbers are merely social constructs anyways.

roboloki (#1,724)

i'd like to buy a vowel, alex.

garge (#736)

If only I could buckle down and focus on interpreting the resulting graphs.

C_Webb (#855)

Yeah. What does it mean if I did well but don't care?

chevre4evre (#3,871)

Ditto. I was totally focused on the test but then all those words and graphs appeared and I decided that I immediately needed to watching the crying baseball video again.

Dear Amtrak,
I am disgusted with your Northeast Corridor service. wait, is this the right address?

City_Dater (#2,500)

I think I did well, but the page where the results were interpreted was poorly laid out and the graphs were confusing.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

if it's too distracting, you're too old

Art Yucko (#1,321)

ha yeah my dad'll be finished with this exam in about 3 years

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

I am a child of the Me Generation! I need value judgments on my performance! GOOD?BAD?

The task-juggling test was irritating because the buttons went even/consonants, odd/vowels, and I have a strange quasi-synaesthetic connection that makes it seem like vowels and even numbers go together, as do consonants and odd numbers.

cherrispryte (#444)


Perhaps this is because most vowels ("i" excluded) and most even numbers are round? Sort-of?

synchronia (#3,755)

Me too! It felt like taking an Implicit Association Test. I guess I'm vowel and even-ist?

myfanwy (#1,124)

I got everything right but it took too long. Good thing I get paid by the hour.

chef dave (#3,898)

TOTALLY. I would have ruled that test if it were set up vowel/even, consonant/odd. FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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