I was going to read this article
Until I got to the bottom of the first (rather short) page and found....
It was 13 PAGES LONG and I'd have to click on the next page for each one.
And I asked myself, how can I do that (click through 13 pages - no next button! I'd have to hit the right number!!) and watch my email and the query I'm running and answer a question on asktom and keep up with the instant message chatter and ..........
Gotta love the title though
"The autumn of the multitaskers: neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man's odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity."
about the length of the average news article today...
Funny, in conjunction with the article - tonight I was playing a game (called evolution
- excellent game, Alan(15) and Megan(12) both enjoy it), and I let Alan put his ipod on my amplifier and play the background music. Alan has excellent taste in music (Led Zeppelin, Beatles, U2, etc...). As the music was playing and I was trying to concentrate on the game (it requires thought) I found the music was distracting to the point of "I cannot play".
What does this mean in practice? Consider a recent experiment at UCLA, where researchers asked a group of 20-somethings to sort index cards in two trials, once in silence and once while simultaneously listening for specific tones in a series of randomly presented sounds. The subjects' brains coped with the additional task by shifting responsibility from the hippocampus-which stores and recalls information--to the striatum, which takes care of rote, repetitive activities. Thanks to this switch, the subjects managed to sort the cards just as well with the musical distraction--but they had a much harder time remembering what, exactly, they'd been sorting once the experiment was over.
I know that feeling - very disjointed. I was listening to the music - because I liked it, and trying to play at the same time. Hard.
Unfortunately, my attention span only let me get to page 5... Maybe I'll finish it someday.
Just in case you are wondering.... I agree completely, multitasking is hard - hard to do and hard on you. I work much better doing one thing to completion. Always connected is bad - I've been going offline on the weekends entirely (with great effect!) for a while now.
don't be afraid to be serial.
don't be afraid to disconnect.