Yesterday I downloaded a free piece of software called SelfControl which allows one to block access to time-wasting websites for a set period of time. I have found that when I research, write reports, read with my computer inf ront of me I often waste tiem looking at facebook, twitter, blogs, etc. It happens like this. (1) slight distraction takes me off task (2) In this distraction I quickly and automatically check e-mail, twitter, facebook, etc (3) I often find an interesting link which I follow (4) A few minutes later I realize what I have done and get back on task. (5) Repeat process.
Yesterday was different as I would set the timer of self-control to 1 hour and would work without extensive internet distractions for this time. If I faced a slight distraction I would quickly get back on task.
Horizontal Information Seeking: A form of skimming where people view just one or two pages of an academic site and then leave. 60% of e-journal viewers look at 3 pages or less.
Navigation: People in virtual libraries spend a lot of time finding there way around. They spend more time getting their bearing as opposed to reading material.
Viewers: The average time spent looking at an e-journal or e-book is 4 to 8 minutes respectively. It seems that some people go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense.
Squirreling Behavior: Academic users have strong consumer instincts and research shows that they will squirrel away content in the form of downloads, especially when they are free. However, very little of this is actually read
Checking for Information Seekers: Users assess authority and trust for themselves in matter of seconds by dipping and cross checking across different sites and by relying on favored brands (eg. google).