I have lived since then in similar apartments, equally small, but with at least 2 rooms (living room and bedroom). It feels so much better.
At first, one-room looks like is going to be better. There is more space as you don't have inner walls. But when you play games, watch tv, cook and sleep all in the same room it feels that there is something wrong.
Getting up in the morning, leaving the bedroom and going to the living room makes a big difference. The context-switching is welcome. It is also easier when going to sleep.
I guess it is connected to the concept of 'affordance' that is used in psychology and UX design. In the view of Gibson it is more about relations to the environment whereas Norman appropriated it to mean the perceived possible actions that are offered by objects, and as such are object properties. In both senses, the affordance of the space was too rich and uneven, and offered too many possible uses for the room.
My feeling is that we are having this problem more and more with generalized soft- and hardware. As browsers and phones offer ever expanding possibilities for action, they become more and more faceless and bland. My hope is that we will embrace limited affordances as a force for good, creating highly opinionated, characteristic and specialized products that offer precise ways of using them.
Coincidentally, I work remotely from my home and I think that this contributes to why I like it. A lot of people have trouble working and relaxing in the same space. But I don't have an issue with it.
Not sure what all that adds to the conversation. Maybe I'm the weird one, and this is a normal feeling. But I just wanted to say this is not a universal thing necessarily.
There's also that eco movement for tiny multipurpose 1 room housing.
Not saying I don't prefer more rooms but I certainly wouldn't go as far as saying something is wrong with 1 room.
I mean, how are you supposed to have sex when your parents / children are in the same room? How can you get a good quality of sleep when other people are awake in the same room or when you are forced to go to bed because other people want to sleep? How can you focus when doing your homework is the room someone is watching TV or playing video games?
I know sometimes you don't have the choice, but I can't see it as something good or even neutral.
Really quietly ;-)
But in all seriousness, for a big family to sleep in the same room/place was the norm for much of humanity's existence.
I agree that I'd find it awkward to be intimate without some privacy, but it doesn't seem to have stopped our ancestors.
The two problems I saw were getting it dark enough to sleep (wasn't hard but was a bit of a chore, automated blinds would have helped) and noise from the refrigerator, but that's pretty much it.
Now I need to figure out how to stop my refrigerator from sometimes making a whining noise all night...
Used them primarily when sleeping and when driving and even if faced away they light up way too much. And USB-A to USB-C being hard to find decent cables these were the only ones that was only ridiculously expensive and guaranteed to be correct.
I've re-purposed them now though.
Worth noting that I didn't cook in either - there was a separate (shared) kitchen, though most of the time I would be eating in Hall anyway, which may have been a factor.
But then I will get distracted by something else on the current web page - for even a few seconds - and when I go to the new tab to do what I had planned to do, I sit there in complete blank befuddlement, staring at the empty page and wondering what on earth I was supposed to look up.
Can't not link to my blog post Open tabs are cognitive spaces  that deals with the browser as the place you externalize your cognition to.
Basically, a VM per overarching task.
I'm sorry, but we live in an age where decades old famous social sciences experiments are proved to be frauds.
I have stopped giving any credit to the various "scientific study proves X does/is Y in psychology/social sciences/diet". Every day we have a new "eating red cookies in the morning" makes you "less likely to lie" study.
To respond to this particular comment, which hardly deserves a response: this isn't a study, none one of the listed assertions are made. This is a short, free-form article that presents an interpretation or examination of some aspects of our intellect.
Of course, the medium you're reading something in can give you extra reasons to be suspicious. An article about how some diet can give you magic powers is more likely to be there just to draw clicks and hence just based on a study that p-hacked its way into a correlation than an article about a new discovery on the LHC or something.
I definitely know of the power posture and the fertile women wearing red dresses crap.
The effort is worthwhile.
There’s a recurring pattern: people ask you to back up what you say, and then you respond with “I won’t do that.”
If you make a controversial claim backed up by sources, you will get negative reactions from people who doubt the validity of those sources. If you make a controversial claim and refuse to provide sources because people would doubt their validity, you'll get negative reactions even from someone who might have agreed with you, because that's just rude.
One potential strategy might be to slowly ease your way towards your controversial conclusions, building up your argument carefully along the way, in a way that will make sense to your audience.
And yet you still may get downvotes. Such is life.
Lastly, it's very valuable to always be open to the idea that you are the one who is actually mistaken in some critical way.
I can see where this is going though.
Groupthink is stronk on HN. (Intentional typo, I just like the word "stronk" for some reason. /grin)
The problem -- if it is one -- is certainly not limited to the Win 8 Start menu. There are plenty of interfaces where pressing a button, or some similar action, pops up a new full-screen or nearly full-screen UI element that looks & works differently from what was there before.
I wonder whether any research has been done on whether this makes any significant number of users forget what they were doing. If not, I think such research would be worthwhile.
Normal task switching is near instantaneous, but full screen apps add about 0.3 seconds of animation to their switch. It's enough to break my concentration, so I end up rarely using full screen even though I prefer it for most apps.
In Windows 95 and NT 4 it was indeed horrible and there were as many complaints about the original start menu as there was the full-screen one. This was mostly handled starting with Windows 2000 by having the first few icons in the menu be frequently used items. The things you use 90% of the time were no more than two clicks away. (One if you pin it to the task bar.)
Search was added in Vista but was unreliable because the word matching wasn't predictable. Today I was having to use regedit on Windows 7 and the icon wouldn't be shown until I typed the 'd'. Windows 10 improved a lot, though I still am befuddled why it decides to show or not show certain things.
Also, it's further confused by their being two searches. The box you see when you press the Windows key or icon isn't the same as the Cortana bar. Add to that that opening a link to a website from there will always send you to Edge. It's easy to be skeptical about what Microsoft will do with search in the future. How will you feel if in three years they do away with the search box that you've become accustomed to?
The traditional hierarchical tree that showed you what was available, by grouping them into narrower and narrower groups, is awesome if you don't know what you are looking for, as exploring is neigh impossible.
Guessing search terms in wider and wider circles is very unsatisfying.
You can hide the search box and still use that functionality by pressing windows and just typing the term.
Saves space in the dock
And now they killed quick launch bar, so I have to look for a task button and scroll-click on it [inconveniently] to start another window. I’m using 7taskbar+ or something like that to return back to 2000s.
With phones its worse because all the pretty icons confuse and beckon you to fall back on opening whatever app you habitually open when bored.
This property of our cognition is why we should better scaffold intentionality into our devices, though that is an difficult design challenge.
On particularly bad days, a couple of cycles have been needed...
System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Display -> Reduce Motion
It helps me, at least.
It does happen occasionally, but as someone who is thinking about "work-on-the-fly" wherever I am, I think I'm just accustomed to noodling over work (or other background processes) "in the background".
Since lots of us are engineer-types, are we more apt at that background processing and then when we hit our primary target (in here to look for keys), we're able to shit into primary focus mode?
Now if I'm searching for keys, noodling over some design in the background, and then my wife pops me with a question while I'm lumbering through the house, then I'm in trouble;)
It is also why I prefer the NASA mission control approach to monitor layout
Could you elaborate?
On Refrigerator blindness it generally goes like; open the fridge, bask in the possibilities, and after a while my wife who is doing several things at once on the other side of the room states "cream" which brings the pre-fridge reality back into sharp relief.
I attribute that to myself as, "I don't want to spend more than 15 seconds looking for this thing inside some random thing behind a door"....usually for me, some cabinet or shelf behind the bathroom door where the towels and a myriad of other stuff are.
Also, we're guys and tend to play dumb;)
I'm not very well versed on this subject, but have there been any experiments conducted with a doorway in the middle of a basketball court or a field?
I'm sure that would mess me up for a good couple of minutes as well. It's not just doorways that lead to a different room, it's just the fact that there's a doorway present, that changes my context of things.
Maybe I'm the weird one.
I'm picturing basketball with a slightly larger court, a canvas wall suspended down the center strapped down around three doorways evenly spaced from the edges, six players per team on the court, and maybe some round padded platforms centered behind the free-throw lines for extra terrain strategy. There'd be some kind of rule similar to dribbling to prevent standing in doorways; something like, you can only stop or take more than two steps in a doorway zone if you've got the ball.
Kind of annoying TBH...
Surely the theme is control and superiority. You go in the cube farm so that someone can control you and remain superior over you. I doubt people do it because they did time and motion studies and found it more conducive to your particular work?
The connection is still quite present in humans.
There are many examples: going for a walk clears your mind more than being indoors. Smells and flavors reconnect to places & so on...
Whenever I open a new tab it shows a list of the most popular search trends. I forget what I was supposed to search because fomo.
To combat this I have a to do list app where I conveniently list all distractions and forget about them. It's easy too because I know I have that saved for later.