How much does it cost?
I received an email recently containing a link to a website called Translation Telephone. An amusing little timewaster and mashup of Google Translate, it kept me occupied for precisely one sentence. I typed in the first thing that came into my head: “By the power of Grayskull” (naturally!) and watched it scrambled through 20 languages then back to English. The result got me thinking.
What? That’s not even remotely near He-Man’s trademark cry. But these two words got me thinking. This site took two minutes out of my life, that I won’t be getting back. But there was more just than a time cost to using it. Aside from the other stuff I could have done instead, there was an energy penalty. The attention, the focus, the mental resources: you’ve only got so much of this to work with in a day. Once those mental (or physical) resources are depleted, there is only one thing to do - rest. You only get so much energy to spend in a day before you need to sleep - how are you going to use that?