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EVILS OF MULTITASKING

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Walt Oleksy, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I recently saw this article and thought it worth sharing.
    I am guilty of multitasking, although not when driving.
    I've begun to find it hard to do just one thing, like eat a meal. I have to watch television, check my email, do the laundry, or cut my finger or toe nails at the same time. Not good for the digestion or peace of mind. I could learn a lesson from my dog. Annie does one thing at a time... eat, play, nap, or sleep. She's very relaxed. I think multitasking makes us nervous.

    My favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, said the test of a really great intellect is to keep two opposing thoughts in the mind at the same time. Wow. That would cause anyone to have a TMS headache or worse.


    Here's the article:

    Your brain on multitasking

    By Sanjay Gupta, MD


    Updated 12:16 PM ET, Thu April 9, 2015


    (CNN) Our brains on multitasking aren't nearly as good as we think they are. Let's say you're working on an activity over here, on the right side of the brain, and suddenly you're trying to multitask another activity, like talking on the phone.


    You're not actually doing both activities at the same time, in fact, you're now diverting your attention from one part of your brain to another part of your brain. That takes time, that takes resources, that takes brain cells.


    What happens on the other side of the brain is that you're starting a brand new activity, so in fact you're probably slower and not nearly as good at doing both activities at the same time.


    We can shift our focus really fast, sometimes it takes just a 10th of a second. But the time doesn't matter as much as the bandwidth the brain requires to move back and forth. Now that might affect your performance, and might also affect the quality of the work that you finally produce.


    Take an everyday activity like driving. When you look at the MRI of someone who is in driving mode, see how much of their brain is activating there? Now if you just layer in one more thing—if person is listening while they are driving—and all of a sudden the amount of attention, the amount of brain bandwidth going toward driving decreases by about 37%. So you're not multi-tasking, you've in fact reduced the amount of attention you're now paying to your driving.


    There's about 2% of the population that are super multitaskers. It's sort of a genetic gift. Most of us don't have this gift. But these are people who are truly able to do several different activities at the same time without losing efficiency or losing quality as they do all that work.


    This may or may not surprise you, depending on your perspective, but there have been studies that show women are generally better at multitasking than men. Also, people who thought they were the best at multitasking are almost always in fact the worst. Perhaps they were multitasking too much when they thought they were good at multitasking.
     
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  2. mdh157

    mdh157 Well known member

    interesting article......I have been cutting down on multitasking as I've noticed I'm not as efficient, esp when doing 3-4 things ta once! Guess I'm not one of the 2% that are gifted. I also seem to not get as flustered as I do when my attention is split between multiple things.
     
  3. Joey2276

    Joey2276 Peer Supporter

    I have a tutoring business so work with kids; the change I've seen in them has been profound in the last 11 years; way way more add/adhd; in my opinion due mostly to the digital revolution. These digital natives have it the worse as their brains are developing as they are googling all day; we adults also have it bad though; for me at least online time seems to directly correlate with my mind wandering; and I'm quite certain it has a role in perpetuating anxiety type tms symptoms sicne as tmsers our minds tend to me less relaxed than most.; google to us is like an open candy store to an obese person.
     
  4. Colly

    Colly Beloved Grand Eagle

    Walt can you send us a Youtube of you eating and cutting your toenails please?:) Now THAT would be impressive!
     
  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I wish I could make that video. haha
     

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