This week Sam, Jack and I met up to discuss our Project Brief 4. We chose our research question to be ‘what is the association between the rise of social media and students’ focussed attention?’ Our audio project will be based around four key ideas:
1. Our constant access to social technology affects the ability to commit to high levels of attention on one task. This will be more of an introduction, specifying that technological distractions inhibit our ability to pay attention to important tasks like driving and class work.
2. The misconception of multitasking and its effects – how multitasking is viewed as a positive trait by some and as inefficient by others.
3. It’s not the fault of the students. Here we will focus on habitual distraction, and how it’s only a result of our instincts to reach out for our phone while studying. It’s an unintentional action that feels normal because we have been exposed to digital technology our entire lives.
4. What is the impact of a shortened attention span? A look at the implications of what happens when your focus shifts away from something that requires all of your attention.
We considered recording and editing our project into a report-like format, but then realised that while this would make our project informative, it would lack our sense of creativity and the abstract nature we are aiming for. Thus our project will take on more of a podcast vibe. We will be using a script but trying to make the narration seem natural and improvised.