Whilst trying to conduct a small piece of research I came across this article on the BBC website concerning being easily distracted by various new real time communication and information tools. I believe that tools such as IMs, RSS feeds, e-mails etc do have a great purpose and use. However, then I realised I had been online for about 3 hours. I'm running skype, an IM called Adium, RSS feeds, 6 tabs open on my browser, a twitter widget, e-mails with alerts, iTunes running connected to last.fm so I can see not only what I'm listening to but what tunes my chums are listening to and now instead of actually conducting research, I'm blogging about it.
Are these tools a joyful distraction which leaves me without getting the job done or am I multitasking and utilising the information age to it's fullest, which leaves me more capable of accessing the richness that online resources has to offer? I know which option I would like to think.