Amina, my best friend is a traitor because she left Dunedin to study in Wellington this year. Yet I still love her (because I'm cool like that) and we indulge in daily conversations that have been reduced to cellphone-mediated chit chats. This is a text (or sms, if you're in Malaysia or the United States) conversation between Amina and I a few moments ago.
Me: I don't know why but these days I find it hard to concentrate on one thing for a long time. It's like my mind's everywhere, sorta.
Amina: I think it's cos we get so used to multi-tasking that we can't just focus on one thing anymore. I have the same problem.
Me: Yah! Totally... once I start focusing on one thing I get sleepy, maybe cos of boredom?
Amina: I don't think it's cos of boredom... I'd say it's more of us preferring some things over others. Sleep relaxes us whereas doing something as simple as reading notes reminds us of all the other chapter readings we gotta do and what other things (presumably more productive) we could be doing.
Me: You're right! It does remind us of all the other stuff we gotta do. Genius! Lol
Amina: Hehehe... I've obviously thought way too long about it.
I had a similar conversation with one of my classmates the other day. Notice how we can have multiple tabs on our Internet browser? How many do you have right now? I have 4. See? Multi-tasking is so ingrained in our daily lives that once we can't do it our system kind of malfunctions and we even feel disoriented.
*types this while I have a face-to face-chat with Lamya, reply Amina's latest text message and write a Politics essay*