It’s as Easy as ABC

  • John N. A. Brown
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


In this chapter I will discuss the natural way that humans interact with their environment, and the theory that this natural interaction has developed over millions of years of evolution. Our proto-prosimian ancestors developed the ability to simultaneously perceive, process, and respond to multiple streams of information, filtering out the vital from the unimportant. We still perform this filtering, but ringtones and text alerts are deliberately designed to bypass our filters. What does it mean when your phone always gets your attention? It means you can be distracted while driving a bus or a plane, or while walking in the street. That’s one problem, but it gets worse. Not only are you suddenly, fully distracted every time your phone goes “beep” or “boop” (or someone else’s phone does so) but you really cannot perceive just how distracted you are and how much it interferes with your ability to focus on other tasks… …even tasks that might be critical.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. A. Brown
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  1. 1.Department of Informatics SystemsAlpen-Adria Universität KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria

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