re: Are interruptions really worse for programmers than for other knowledge workers? VIEW POST


Actually all interruptions cause disruption, but, as the cartoon shows, what happens to programmers is that they carry a lot of information in their short-term memory when analyzing a problem. The more information you are carrying in your short-term memory, the more difficult is going to recover from an interruption. So, yes, you could do sales, writing, analysis or many other things, but I think that for programmers or people doing math, chemistry or similar things is going to be worse than for a person writing a paragraph of literature, for example. Unless they overloaded their short term memory with a lot of information.

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