A lot of the things people amuse themselves with really are just toys for grown-ups, and it eats your time and pulls your concentration.
I agree, but I find the toys fun (and occasionally phenomenally useful for work).
My criticism is that this is very easy to say when your “job” is 100% dealing with people in a hands-on manner and when you have a veritable army of producers and assistants to manage your time and operations for you. You can bet your bottom dollar that the AD, Producers and Cinematographers all rely on smartphones like never before in order to pull of Nolan’s mammoth visions in time and to budget.
Still, it is interesting to see someone in this day and age who is totally disconnected: no email or mobile phone? how do you get things done?!
…Ironically, I imagine that, like Paul Miller, I’d get a lot more done. Or at least procrastinate less.
Don’t even try explaining Siri or that you can speak into an iPhone and have the words translated to text.
“Really?” he said, looking bewildered. “What’s the purpose of that?”
It is interesting. What really is the purpose of Siri? Does it make us more productive? Not really, I’d argue…but it is amazing…sometimes.
…Why do I use it?
I don’t have a valid answer.