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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Multi-tasking? You're not as sharp as you think.

Our friend Jake has warned us that although you may think you're good at multi-tasking, you really aren't. And science is now backing him up on that.

What they're saying makes a lot of sense. But man, doing several things at once -- particularly when the computer is involved -- is going to be a hard habit to break.

Comments (4)

Thanks Jack. Wonderful to have scientific research backing me up on not listening to my wife!

I agree. And I think most folks mistake "switching back and forth between tasks" for "doing multiple tasks at once". So, I don't think anybody actually "multitasks". It's a myth.

Instead, we race back and forth like a dog between two bones, and the quality of everything tends to suffer.

Yet it's so common to see it everywhere--job descriptions, goal lists, etc. It's one of those things that nobody seems to be able to define, yet holds up as an ideal. How unbelievably silly.

The habit of "multitasking" could also be called clinical ADD, or "attention deficit disorder".

"Sure...I can drive and talk on the phone, because I'm capable of safely multitaAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!"

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