Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Multitasking +


Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. Here's one man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity.

Check out this cool article from Walter Kirn over at the The Atlantic on the neuroscience that seems to prove my theory that multitasking actually makes us less, not more effective. I mean come on, we all have the same short day, right? If you're doing 3 things using 100% of your attention span that simply means that each task is only getting about 33 percent of your focus.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure this is a good article - I read it this morning while I was listening to NPR and playing tug-of-war with my dogs Ringo and Dazy...

Go: The Autumn of the Multitaskers.

That's Right,

HMK

Cool Illustration by Istvan Banyai.

3 comments:

  1. That quote must pertain only to men.

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  2. Anonymous11:33 AM

    I really liked the article about multitasking....I love quotes from Roman slaves.....I bet they did some serious multitasking...."here, slave, put this in your mouth...and put this in your..." Anyway, the article was great. One of my buddies, Gerry Goldstein is a great lawyer...one is reason he so skilled is his ability to focus and not be distracted by anything....whether he is sailing, skiing or lawyering, he can completely tune out anything but what he is doing. I say we ban multitasking or simply proceed to take advantage of anyone we encounter who is dumb enough to multitask while dealing with us...."hey, look over there!"

    Eric

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  3. The Prom King Of Childress11:37 AM

    Dead on!

    Parrish

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