I’m going to let you in on a secret. A lot of people are trying to distract you at work.
OK, so it’s not exactly the world’s biggest secret. But it is a really unique and modern problem.
Office workers in the 1970s didn’t have people kicking in their door to show them a cat video (though it would be awesome if that actually happened. I’d watch that on YouTube). Farmers in the 1800s didn’t have carnival barkers showing up in their field, promising mind blowing facts (number 6 will SHOCK you!) if they would just put down their shovels and stop working for a while.
Such distractions would have seemed insane at the time. None of them would have believed this would be the environment their children and grandchild would face at the workplace.
Sadly, here we are. Distracting our days away. It makes sense that the workplace is where we’re most vulnerable. Work is where we’re most likely to feel stressed, overwhelmed and not in control. New research shows that viral content generates more activity on social media when it triggers emotions people feel in control of, like inspiration, rather than emotions people feel overwhelmed by, like fear.