One study found that Slack users spend an of average of 10 hours per day in the app! That’s not to say that people aren’t multitasking of course, but study after study has shown that constant context-switching — like when you stop what you’re doing to check on a notification from a teammate — kills productivity and leads to “more stress, higher frustration, time pressure and effort”.
First off, though, I want to make clear that “work on stuff that matters” does not mean focusing on non-profit work, “causes, or any other form of “do-goodism.” Non-profit projects often do matter a great deal, and people with tech skills can make important contributions, but it’s essential to get beyond that narrow box. I’m a strong believer in the social value of business done right. We need to build an economy in which the important things are paid for in self-sustaining ways rather than as charities to be funded out of the goodness of our hearts.