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Top 10 Multitasking Myths Exposed

One of the hallmarks of the 21st century is Multitasking and all the warm and fuzzy rewards associated with being a great multitasker.

I multitask the most when I'm stressed or working on a project that I don't have much interest in.

When watching people in the wild (which a do alot) I often see multitasking happening in the middle of conversations, I wonder, is it possible to be engaged with friends while doing other things? Can we really connect with and feel what others are expressing while we're multitasking?

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What Are the Cognitive Costs of Multitasking?

Multitasking can reduce productivity by approximately 40-percent according to some researchers. Switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow down your progress.>continue reading

Think You're Multitasking? Think Again

New research shows that we humans aren't as good as we think we are at doing several things at once. It's all part of life these days. We answer e-mails while yapping on the phone. We schedule appointments while driving and listening to the radio. And it seems as if we're focusing on all these tasks simultaneously, as if we've become true masters of doing 10 things at once.> continue reading

Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest

New studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time.The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.> continue reading

The Hidden Cost of Multitasking [Infographic]

Monday morning. You sit down with a large cup of coffee, open your inbox, and start tackling the first email. You're almost ready to hit send when -- Your phone rings. > continue reading

The Alluring Myth of Multitasking

Stop kidding yourself: Multitasking is a lie After years of accomplishing far less than I’d hoped and being left feeling exhausted, I realized something: there’s no such thing as multitasking. When you try to do multiple things at once, you actually get the reverse effect that you’re looking for. > continue reading

How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking - HBR

A study showed that people distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQs. What’s the impact of a 10-point drop? The same as losing a night of sleep. More than twice the effect of smoking marijuana. Doing several things at once is a trick we play on ourselves, thinking we’re getting more done. In reality, our productivity goes down by as much as 40%. > continue reading

Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows

Attention, Your brain may be in trouble. People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.But after putting about 100 students through a series of three tests, the researchers realized those heavy media multitaskers are paying a big mental price. > continue reading

So You Think You Can Multitask? Think Again.

The current generation have seemingly started to use this part of the brain better than the previous generation, as switching from homework to Facebook, to using Skype on their phone are normal daily activities. Bilton says that our brains are adapting, not evolving but adapting to the increased stimulation that modern life brings.We may think we are multitasking but actually we are getting good at switching from task to task more seamlessly. > continue reading

Layering: Multitasking That Actually Works

In a few short years, multitasking has gone from star child to black sheep in productivity pop culture. This is because the most common forms of multitasking require rapidly switching between similar tasks, which creates a sort of "flickering" effect in your brain. (Think of a connection gone bad... I define “layering” as strategically deciding to do tasks that require different “channels” of mental functioning such as visual, auditory, manual or language. > continue reading

The New Marshmallow Test: Students Can't Resist Multitasking

Evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts. > continue reading